Nakaye Esther

Nakaye Esther is 6 years old. She lives in the village of Bukala, Nakasongola District, Uganda, East Africa. Esther’s parents are divorced. Both parents are jobless and her father has only one eye. Esther lives with her grandmother, brother and seven cousins. Their home is a small grass thatched mud hut. The children sleep on the dirt floor on bedding made of old rags and dried grass. Esther suffers from no serious health problems currently. However, most children in East Africa experience periodic dysentery, upper respiratory problems, and deadly malaria. The family eats from a small garden, but there is no regular source of income to meet other basic needs. Their diet consists of potatoes, corn meal mush and cassava, a root plant.  They cook outside over an open fire. Their toilet is an outdoor pit latrine. Esther is in grade 1 at Ekitangaala Primary School. She eats a hot nutritious lunch each school day through the ACM feeding ministry. Sponsorship makes it possible for Esther to continue her education and provides funds for food, clothing, and medical care.