Irene lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
Bicycling, reading and playing group games are Irene's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Irene will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Irene lives in the coastal community of Likoni, home to approximately 255,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Kidigo and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, skin diseases and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Likoni are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $19 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, employment opportunities, an improved water supply and elementary schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ushindi Baptist Child Development Center to provide Irene with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical care, recreational activities, retreats, social events, tuition and educational classes. The center staff will also provide counseling and HIV/AIDS prevention programs for the parents or guardians of Irene.
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: South of Mombasa