Baraka lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Baraka participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, hide-and-seek and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Baraka will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Baraka lives in the coastal community of Kilifi Township, home to approximately 35,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Mijikenda and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms, coughs and skin infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs water, drug abuse rehabilitation programs and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AIC Kilifi Child Development Center to provide Baraka with Bible teaching, water purification education, immunizations, mosquito nets, educational field trips, counseling, sports and tuition. The center staff will also provide vocational training for the parents or guardians of Baraka.
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: North of Mombasa