In his home, Gideon helps by caring for animals and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer and playing group games are Gideon's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gideon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gideon lives in the hillside community of Eor Enkitok, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood or cow dung walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Maasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and milk. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults in Eor Enkitok are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, tuition assistance, income-generating activities, teachers and educational materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eor-Emayian Child Development Center to provide Gideon with Bible studies, medical screening, hygiene education, deworming, tuition, peer counseling and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Gideon.
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 Nakuru