Agnes lives with her aunt. She is responsible for gathering firewood. Her aunt is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Agnes enjoys playing ball games. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Please remember Agnes in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Agnes lives in the hillside community of Emmabwi, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Abanyore and the most commonly spoken language is Luhya.
The regional diet consists of bananas, beans, chicken, fish, maize and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, ringworm, respiratory illnesses, intestinal worms and skin diseases. Most adults in Emmabwi are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs improved health facilities, tuition assistance, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Emmabwi Child Development Center to provide Agnes with Bible studies, health screenings, supplemental food, educational field trips, community service opportunities, drama clubs, computer classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide income generating activities for the parents or guardians of Agnes.
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: Northwest of Kisumu City