Gatwiri lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gatwiri participates in choir. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Gatwiri in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Gatwiri lives on the plains of Ciiaki, home to approximately 620,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ameru and the most commonly spoken language is Kimery.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, amoeba infections and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Ciiaki are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, teachers and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of MCK Kambereu Child Development Center to provide Gatwiri with Bible teaching, health education, HIV/AIDS awareness seminars, recreational activities, community service opportunities, tutoring, tuition, educational materials and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Gatwiri.
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