Sipala lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include gathering firewood, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 5 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
For fun, Sipala enjoys playing ball games and playing group games. She attends church activities and choir regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Sipala to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sipala lives on the plains of Isinya, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Maasai and the most commonly spoken language is Kimaasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, HIV/AIDS and parasites. Most adults in Isinya are unemployed but some work as animal herders and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs water, educational materials and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK Good Shepard Isinya Child Development Center to provide Sipala with Bible teaching, exercise, recreational activities, singing, drama, field trips and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide fellowship times for the parents or guardians of Sipala.
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: South of Nairobi