Benson lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 5 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Benson participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Benson to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Benson lives in the jungle community of Kogari locality, Mbeere District, home to approximately 4,000 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, cowpeas, maize, beans and sorghum. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever and amoeba infections. Most adults in Mbeere are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $13 per month. This community needs teachers, schools, food, clothing and improved shelter.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kogari Child Development Center to provide Benson with Bible studies, hygiene education, nutritious food, first aid training, health screening, drug abuse prevention programs, sports, educational field trips, scholastic materials and tuition.
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