Kevin lives with his grandmother. His duties at home include carrying water, caring for animals and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Soccer, running and playing group games are Kevin's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and choir.
Your love and support will help Kevin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Kevin lives in the hills of Busilwa, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Idakho and the most commonly spoken language is Basilwa.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, typhoid, HIV/AIDS, malaria and flu. Most adults in Busilwa work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs increased security, clean water, educational resources and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mulwanda Church of God Child Development Center to provide Kevin with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, recreational activities, tuition and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide instruction on digging latrines and planting food crops for the parents or guardians of Kevin.
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 Kisumu