Hariet lives with her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Hariet participates in church activities. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, playing ball games and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Hariet in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Hariet lives in the hillside community of Mugen, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earthen floors, mud walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kalenjin and the most commonly spoken language is Luhya.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, vegetables, cassava and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, flu and malnutrition. Most adults in Mugen are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs teachers, libraries, educational materials and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kipchekwen P.A.G. Child Development Center to provide Hariet with Bible teaching, medical treatment, nutritious food, recreational activities, opportunities for community service and educational classes. The center staff will also provide parent support groups for the parents or guardians of Hariet.
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 Kisumu