Maria is a little girl with two brothers, one sister, and parents who live in Uganda. Her father is a casual laborer and her mother cleans for a living. Maria likes to participate in group games and play with dolls. She enjoys reading and storytelling. She would like one day to become an accountant. Support for her to attend the childcare center will allow her healthcare, adequate nutrition, and an education.
Upendo Christian Academy
The Upendo Christian Academy is an orphanage where children live and grow as disciple of Christ. The center staff mentor children in various ways, including help with homework, career guidance and discipleship. Children are served wholesome meals each week to help them grow physically. Special gifts are given to the children throughout the year and during Christmas time. Medical care is available children struggling with health issues. The center staff focuses primarily on the spiritual growth of the children through biblical teaching and times of prayer.
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.