In his home, Michael helps by carrying water, gardening and caring for animals. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, playing ball games and playing group games are Michael's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Michael to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Michael lives in the hillside community of Esirabe, home to approximately 5,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of mud and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luhya (Bantu). The most commonly spoken languages are Banyore, Kinyore and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, kale, bananas, chicken, fish, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, HIV/AIDS and worms. Most adults in Esirabe are unemployed, but some work as farm laborers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs school facilities and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Esirabe Child Development Centre to provide Michael with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, cultural activities and skills training programs. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, health education and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Michael.
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