Awour lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Awour participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing ball games and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Awour will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Awour lives in Kisumu Town, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of corrugated iron roofs and adobe walls. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Dholuo and Luo.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include typhoid fever, malaria, HIV/AIDS and cholera. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and more schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Deliverance Church Child Development Center to provide Awour with Bible teaching, medical treatment, recreational activities, AIDS awareness and education, school uniforms and supplies. The center staff will also provide AIDS education programs, home management and environmental cleanliness classes for the parents or guardians of Awour.
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: Southeast of Kisumu