Zakin lives with her mother. At home, duties include running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Zakin is not presently attending school. Playing group games is her favorite activity. She also attends church activities regularly.
Your love and support will help Zakin to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Zakin lives on the plains of Budokomi, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luhya and the most commonly spoken language is Luhyai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults in Budokomi are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, vocational training and clothing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK ST. Peters Budokomi Child Development Center to provide Zakin with Bible studies, health education, sports, arts and crafts, peer education and choir. The center staff will also provide small scale business training for the parents or guardians of Zakin.
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: West of Busia