Grace lives with her mother. Her duties at home include washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Grace participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Jumping rope, playing ball games and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Grace will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Grace lives in the hills of Mathare Slum, home to approximately 500,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Kikuyu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include depression, skin diseases, malnutrition, tropical diseases and AIDS. Most of the adults in Mathare Slum are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs school textbooks and improved infrastructure.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mlango Kubwa Child Development Center to provide Grace with Bible teaching, health education, recreational activities and school tuition. The center staff will also provide workshops on evangelism and counseling for the parents or guardians of Grace.
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