Karimi lives with her mother. She is responsible for gathering firewood, gardening and caring for children. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Karimi enjoys hide-and-seek and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Karimi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Karimi lives in the hillside community of Kamwaa location, Mbeere District, home to approximately 4,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mbeere and the most commonly spoken language is Kimbeere.
The regional diet consists of maize, millet, sorghum, cowpeas and green grams (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, eye infections, upper respiratory tract infections and worms. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $46 per month. This community needs qualified teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK Kamwaa Child Development Center to provide Karimi with Bible teaching, discipleship classes, health and hygiene education, indoor and outdoor games, health screenings, supplemental food, vaccinations, retreats, community service opportunities, talent development, leadership training, mentorship programs, life skills training, tutoring and vocational training.
North of the equator, Kenya is hot and dry. South of the equator are the humid coast, the temperate highlands and tropical Lake Victoria. Volcanic mountains and the Great Rift Valley occupy the west. Although the highlands around Nairobi are fertile, only 11 percent of Kenya's land is farmed.
The majority of rural farmers and herders represent more than 40 ethnic groups. Forty-five percent are Protestant, 33 percent are Catholic, 10 percent are Muslim and the rest practice indigenous beliefs. English and Swahili are the official languages. Compassion works mostly in south-central Kenya.
Before the coming of the Europeans, Kenya was peopled by waves of cattle-herding African clans. The coastal areas were also home to Arab traders. The Portuguese, Dutch and British, who gained control in 1896, later targeted this trade. During World War I, Kenya served as a British base of operations against the Germans in East Africa. After the Kikuyu-led Mau Mau Rebellion of the early 1950s, Kenya gained independence in 1963 and Jomo Kenyatta became its leader.
Self-rule continued in 1978 when President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi took power in a constitutional succession. President Moi stepped down in December of 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai Kibaki was elected president for a five-year term. He was re-elected in 2007 after controversial elections that resulted in violence, leaving over 1,000 people dead. A coalition government was formed, putting a halt to the violence.
Map of Kenya
Child's Location: Northeast of Nairobi