Magdaline makes her home with her mother. Washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing ball games and playing group games are Magdaline's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Please remember Magdaline in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Magdaline lives on the plains of Ongata Rongai, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Kikuyu, Luo, Kisii, Luhya and Maasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include colds, malaria, influenza, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Ongata Rongai are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $2 per month. This community needs educational resources, employment opportunities, food, clothing and adequate housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Deliverance Church Ongata Rongai Child Development Center to provide Magdaline with Bible teaching, health screening, nutritious meals, recreational activities, educational tours, school tuition and library visits. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Magdaline.
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