Atieno makes her home with her father and her mother. Caring for children, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Atieno enjoys playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Atieno in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Atieno lives in the hillside community of Kiserian, home to approximately 160,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Massai and Kikuyu. The most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, banana, cassava, beef, potatoes, rice, goat and beans. Common health problems in this area include upper respiratory tract infections, waterborne diseases, malaria, typhoid and skin diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs schools, teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Deliverance Church Kiserian Child Development Center to provide Atieno with Bible teaching, health education, medical exams, vaccinations, counseling, field trips, debate club, agricultural programs, school supplies and school tuition. The center staff will also provide financial seminars for the parents or guardians of Atieno.
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: Southwest of Nairobi