Esther lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.
Playing ball games is Esther's favorite activity. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Esther in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Esther lives on the plains of Ndeiya, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and iron sheet roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Kikuyu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, upper respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, skin diseases, dental problems and malnutrition. Most adults in Ndeiya are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, scholastic materials and secondary school tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AIC Nderu Child Development Center to provide Esther with Bible studies, choir, medical care, health education, field trips, special celebrations, school fees, uniforms, educational materials, career guidance and a mentorship program. The center staff will also provide seminars for the parents or guardians of Esther.
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: Northwest of Nairobi