Washington lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Washington participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Washington in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Washington lives on the plains of Mathare Valley, home to approximately 750,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, malnutrition, diarrhea and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Mathare Valley are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, tuition assistance, recreational facilities, security and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mathare Community Outreach CDC to provide Washington with Bible teaching, medical care, vocational training and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide small-scale enterprise workshops and health seminars for the parents or guardians of Washington.
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: Northeast of Nairobi