Mercy resides in Uganda with her parents and two sisters. Her father is often unable to obtain enough work to support his family and her mother is a housewife. Mercy likes to read and storytelling. She would like to become a teacher. The family lives in a single room which serves as a kitchen, living and dining room, and bedroom. The area where they reside is not safe. Support for Mercy will allow her to attend the childcare center and give her nutritional meals, an education, and healthcare.
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.