Pamela lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 6 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Pamela participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in vocational training where her performance is average. Jumping rope, playing ball games and reading are her favorite activities.
Please remember Pamela in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Pamela lives in the forested community of Mahiakalo, home to approximately 500,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Luhya.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, asthma, ringworm, typhoid fever and septic wounds. Most adults in Mahiakalo are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mahiakalo Child Development Center to provide Pamela with Bible teaching, health instruction, medical exams, field trips, counseling, tuition, uniforms and textbooks. The center staff will also provide domestic assistance for the parents or guardians of Pamela.
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