Kuyan lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals, washing clothes and running errands. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Reading and playing group games are Kuyan's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Kuyan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kuyan lives on the plains of Lenchani, home to approximately 12,000 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, rice, goat, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, parasites, colds, skin infections and tuberculosis. Most adults in Lenchani are unemployed but some work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Lenchani Baptist Child Development Center to provide Kuyan with Bible teaching, medical screening, exercise, recreational activities, singing, drama, tuition, scholastic materials, uniforms, skills training and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide fellowship times and skills training for the parents or guardians of Kuyan.
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