Gift lives in Uganda with her parents and two brothers. She is nine years old. Her father is an auto mechanic and her mother is a housewife. They struggle providing basic needs for the children and are unable to pay school fees. Gift likes playing group games and playing with her dolls. She would like to one day become a teacher. With support she will be able to attend the Modern Academy where she will have an opportunity to get an education, receive adequate healthcare, and nutritional food.
Uganda is a landlocked country in Africa. The majority of the population is Christian and there are a large number of Muslims. Witchcraft and animism are still believed and practiced in certain areas as well. Poverty is rampant throughout the country as well as a lack of education. Sickness and disease are prevalent and many lack the means to receive medical treatment. Often children suffer from malnutrition. Many struggle with drug use and alcoholism. It’s common for families to be torn apart due to divorce and separation.