In her home, Mereu helps by helping in the kitchen and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mereu participates in youth group. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Mereu to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Mereu lives on the plains of Kamba/Maasai, home to approximately 17,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Kamba and Maasai and the most commonly spoken languages are Kikamba and Kimaasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, cassava, beef, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, malnutrition, scabies and HIV/AIDS. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs secondary education tuition assistance, health facilities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK Faith Church Child Development Center to provide Mereu with Bible teaching, health education, health screening, vaccinations, nutritious food, games, tuition, educational materials, school uniforms, social clubs and mentoring programs. The center staff will also provide counseling and environmental conservation training for the parents or guardians of Mereu.
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: Southeast of Nairobi