Emmanuel lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Emmanuel participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing group games is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Emmanuel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Emmanuel lives in the coastal community of Vuma, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mijikenda and the most commonly spoken language is Kigiriama.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and diarrhea. Most adults in Vuma are unemployed but some work as day laborers, in domestic services or as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vuma Gospel Revival Church Child Development Center to provide Emmanuel with devotions, nutritious food, physical exercises, health care and academic support. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they lack economic resources. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Emmanuel.
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: North of Mombasa