Salimu lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 7 children in the family.
Soccer, reading and playing group games are Salimu's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Your love and support will help Salimu to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Salimu lives in the coastal community of Kanamai, home to approximately 80,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bantu and the most commonly spoken language is Kimijikenda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin diseases, pneumonia and diarrhea. Most adults in Kanamai are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, schools and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff ACK St Matthew's Child Development Center to provide Salimu with Bible teaching, choir, drama programs, health education, medical exams, ball games, academic support, special celebrations and tailoring and woodwork classes. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities and health seminars for the parents or guardians of Salimu.
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