In his home, Mutuku Wambua helps by carrying water, caring for animals and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mutuku Wambua participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and choir. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Mutuku Wambua will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mutuku Wambua lives on the plains of Illmamen, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Maasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, potatoes, rice and meat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, colds and parasites. Most adults in Ilmamen are unemployed but some work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Illmamen Baptist Child Development Center to provide Mutuku Wambua with Bible teaching, health education, exercise, recreational activities, tuition, educational tours and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide fellowship times and opportunities for community service for the parents or guardians of Mutuku Wambua.
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 Nairobi