Justus lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, playing ball games and playing group games are Justus's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Justus will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Justus lives in the hills of Ebusiralo, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or earth walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Luyha.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and the common cold. Most adults in Ebusiralo are unemployed but some work as traders and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, land for farming and better educational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ebusiralo Child Development Center to provide Justus with Bible teaching, health education, first aid, nutritious meals, recreational activities, educational trips and leadership classes. The center staff will also provide economic help and small farming education for the parents or guardians of Justus.
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: 30 Km from Kisumu City