Mary lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include caring for animals and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Mary enjoys playing ball games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Mary will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mary lives in the hillside community of Essunza, home to approximately 35,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of compacted clay or dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and upper respiratory tract infections. Most adults in Essunza are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn an equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs better education facilities, tuition assistance, scholastic materials, income-generating activities and gender equality.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Essunza Church of God Child Development Center to provide Mary with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene education, sports, community service opportunities, counseling, music lessons, nutritious food, clothing, vocational training and career guidance. The center staff will also provide income generating activities, health education and child protection training for the parents or guardians of Mary.
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: Southwest of Kisumu