Grace lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
Grace is not presently attending school. Singing, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Please remember Grace in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Grace lives in the hills of Tutua, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ameru and the most commonly spoken language is Kimeru.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include amoeba infections, malaria, typhoid, skin diseases, coughs, colds and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Tutua are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community needs trained teachers, income-generating activities, water and health facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of MCK Murerwa Child Development Center to provide Grace with Bible teaching, choir, leadership training, health education, community service opportunities, tuition, birthday parties, water, skills training and counseling. The center staff will also provide construction classes for the parents or guardians of Grace.
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 Nairobi