Murangi lives with his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 6 children in the family.
Soccer, playing ball games and playing group games are Murangi's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Murangi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Murangi lives on the plains of Kawangware, home to approximately 270,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Kikuyu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beef, rice, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, malaria and typhoid fever. Most adults in Kawangware are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $39 per month. This community needs proper sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of FPFK Kawangware Child Development Center to provide Murangi with Bible teaching, health education, medical exams, counseling, recreational activities, skills training and educational workshops. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Murangi.
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: West of Nairobi