Kishapui lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals and cleaning. There are 5 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kishapui participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Kishapui in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Kishapui lives on the plains of Arroi, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Maasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, HIV/AIDS and skin diseases. Most adults in Arroi are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, skills training, educational materials, water and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of P.E.F.A. Arroi Child Development Center to provide Kishapui with Bible teaching, nutritious food, physical education, health screening, tuition, field trips and educational materials. The center staff will also provide family life education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Kishapui.
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 Nairobi