Raymond lives with his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood and cleaning. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Raymond participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Raymond will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Raymond lives in the mountainous community of Kalimani, home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Akamba and the most commonly spoken language is Kikamba.
The regional diet consists of maize, cassava, rice and beans. Common health problems in this area include amoeba infections, malaria, HIV/AIDS and typhoid fever. Most adults in Kalimani are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $13 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, school textbooks and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of A.C.K. Kwandonga Child Development Center to provide Raymond with Bible teaching, camps, nutritious meals, textbooks, school uniforms, field trips, vocational courses and teaching aids. The center staff will also provide skills training and counseling for the parents or guardians of Raymond.
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: Northwest of Nairobi