Sophia lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
Jumping rope, playing ball games and playing group games are Sophia's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Sophia will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sophia lives in the coastal community of Bamburi-Kiembeni, home to approximately 200,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Mijikenda and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include scabies, malaria, worm infestations, sores, skin diseases and coughs. Most of the adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $19 per month. This community needs schools, food, potable water and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kiembeni Child Development Center to provide Sophia with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, nutritious meals, health screening, counseling, medicine, recreational activities, tuition, learning materials, uniforms and career guidance. The center staff will also provide health seminars for the parents or guardians of Sophia.
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 Mombasa