In her home, Cynthia helps by caring for animals. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing ball games is Cynthia's favorite activity. In pre-school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Cynthia to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Cynthia lives in the hillside community of Hamisi, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Tiriki and the most commonly spoken language is Kitiriki.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever and diarrhea. Most adults in Hamisi are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, clothing and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Museywa PAG Church Child Development Center to provide Cynthia with Bible teaching, health education, nutritious food, health screening, recreational activities, tuition, life skills training, scholastic materials, uniforms, environmental awareness campaigns and domestic assistance. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Cynthia.
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 Kisumu City