Moses lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer and playing group games are Moses's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Moses to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Moses lives in the hills of Mathare, home to approximately 3,000,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Kiswahil.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice, fish and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include typhoid fever, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and upper respiratory tract infections. Most adults in Mathare are unemployed but some work in the markets and earn the equivalent of $41 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, schools and educational supplies.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mathare Child Development Center to provide Moses with Bible teaching, health education, a balanced diet, health screenings, immunizations, domestic assistance and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide health education, family planning and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Moses.
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: East of Nairobi