Vivian lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Vivian enjoys jumping rope and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Vivian to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Vivian lives in the hillside communities of Luhya and Kalenjin, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earthen floors, mud walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luhya and the most commonly spoken language is Swahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava, potatoes and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and skin diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $31 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of First Baptist Church Serem Child Development Center to provide Vivian with Bible teaching, discipleship classes, health screenings, indoor and outdoor games, hygiene and health education, community service opportunities, peer counseling, life skills training, computer classes, mentorship programs, tutoring and vocational training.
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: Northeast of Kisumu