In her home, Uchi helps by carrying water. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Uchi participates in Christian instruction. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Jumping rope is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Uchi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Uchi lives in the coastal community of Mtaa, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Duruma and the most commonly spoken language is Kiduruma.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, asthma, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mtaa are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs affordable education, income generating activities and play grounds for children.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mtaa PEFA Church Child Development Center to provide Uchi with Bible teaching, nutrition education, HIV/AIDS awareness training, soccer competitions and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness education for the parents or guardians of Uchi.
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 Mombasa