Dennis lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, caring for animals and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dennis participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dennis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dennis lives on the plains of Ruiri of Meru Central District, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ameru and the most commonly spoken language is Kimeru.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in the area include malaria, upper respiratory tract infections and amoeba infections. Most of the adults work as day laborers or farmers and earn the equivalent of $19 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, school equipment and sports facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of M.C.K. Mwenda CDC to provide Dennis with Bible study, health and nutrition education, nutritious food, mosquito nets, peer education training, sports and games, tuition assistance, uniforms and books. The center staff will also provide seminars on health and family for the parents or guardians of Dennis.
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