Carlos lives with his grandmother. He is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Carlos enjoys playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Carlos in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Carlos lives in the coastal community of Jibana, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Jibana.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, beef, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever and pneumonia. Most adults in Jibana are unemployed but some work on subsistence farms and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, vocational training and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EAPA Nyalani Church Child Development Center to provide Carlos with Bible teaching, singings, camps, health screenings, games, service opportunities, leadership trainings, field trips, computer classes and educational assistance. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Carlos.
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: Northwest of Mombasa