February 2012

posted Feb 8, 2012, 3:01 PM by Karla Marie   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 7:06 PM ]
Meet Sheeba Namakula

Sheeba has been Sponsored!

Sheeba will be 11 this April. Her life has never been easy. Her father died while she was still forming in her mother’s womb. When she was just a young child she contracted malaria, a disease that few African children escape. On average, a Ugandan child suffers from six malaria episodes every year. It is estimated that each day, 350 children die every day in Uganda from this dreaded disease. Malaria can cause stunted growth, childhood anemia, and mental retardation.

Malaria affected Sheeba’s eyes and ravaged her brain, leaving her a mentally retarded. In the U.S. we would call her a special needs child. In Uganda, there are no programs or schools to help children with disabilities and Sheeba was denied enrollment in the school she previously attended. Betty, who’s heart has always been moved by children the world rejects, enrolled her in the primary 1 class at Rock of Ages.

Sheeba is still able to learn but at a much slower pace than others her age. She  lives with her mother, who is currently unemployed, and her brother who also enrolled at Rock of Ages this year. Please consider sponsoring this special girl. She can surely be counted as “one of the least among us”,  a child who truly needs your love and support.

Your $20/month sponsorship guarantees a spot in the school for Sheeba and enables her to continue receiving an education by qualified teachers, a meal & juice each school day, and a school uniform. If you are able you can upgrade to a premium sponsorship of $40/month and a monthly food pack of rice and eggs will be provided to Sheeba's  family the first of each month during the school term.

Please prayerfully consider sponsoring Sheeba  or making a one-time donation in her  name. A one-time donation in any amount will help offset his tuition or if you like, you can specify your funds in Sheeba's name for support to his family. Learn how by visiting the Hands4Uganda Donate page now.