In his home, Phanuel helps by helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home.
Playing group games is Phanuel's favorite activity. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Phanuel in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Phanuel lives in the hillside community of Muguna, home to approximately 29,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Meru and the most commonly spoken language is Kimeru.
The regional diet consists of beans, maize, potatoes and rice. Most adults in Muguna are unemployed but some work as animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs literacy education, teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of MCK Muguna Child Development Center to provide Phanuel with Bible teaching, discipleship classes, health and hygiene education, indoor and outdoor games, community service opportunities, leadership training, counseling, life skills training, computer classes, educational field trips and tutoring. The center staff will also provide health education and income generating activities training for the parents or guardians of Phanuel.
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: West of Meru