Saumu lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Saumu works at home helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Saumu enjoys playing ball games and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Saumu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Saumu lives in the coastal community of Kilifi, home to approximately 41,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of maize.
Common health problems in this area include malaria and pneumonia. Most adults in Kilifi work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $38 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, vocational training centers, modern fishing equipment and a market for local produce.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gospel Revival Centre Child Development Center to provide Saumu with Bible teaching, health screening, group activities, counseling, sports, tuition, skills training and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide health education and livelihood training for the parents or guardians of Saumu.
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: North of Mombasa