Kariuki makes his home with his father and his mother. Gathering firewood, gardening and caring for animals are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Kariuki enjoys soccer and running. He attends church activities and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Kariuki will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kariuki lives on the plains of Ciangera, Mbeere District, home to approximately 5,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mbeere and the most commonly spoken language is Kimbeere.
The regional diet consists of millet, sorghum, maize, beans and green grams (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and amoeba infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as peasant farmers and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK Ciangera Child Development Center to provide Kariuki with Bible teaching, health screening, sports and games, birthday celebrations, tuition, uniforms, scholastic materials, domestic assistance and skills training. The center staff will also provide skills training for the parents or guardians of Kariuki.
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: East of Nairobi