Michele makes her home with her father and her mother. Gathering firewood is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Michele enjoys playing ball games and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Michele will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Michele lives on the plains of Namaindii, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Luhya.
The regional diet consists of bananas, cassava, fish and maize. Common health problems in this area include malaria, pneumonia and malnutrition. Most adults in Namaindii are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs educational materials, tuition assistance and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK Namaindi CDC to provide Michele with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene and nutrition education, supplemental food, team building activities, retreats, community service opportunities, counseling, leadership training, talent development, tutoring, career guidance, computer classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide income generating activities for the parents or guardians of Michele.
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: Southeast of Busia