Jackline lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Jackline enjoys jumping rope, playing ball games and hide-and-seek. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Jackline in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Jackline lives in community of Kikuyu, home to approximately 250,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Agikuyu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, eye and dental problems and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Kikuyu are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs affordable education, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AIC Thigio Child Development Center to provide Jackline with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, clothing, health and hygiene education, scholastic materials, educational classes, tuition and recreational activities. The center staff will also provide evangelism and counseling for the parents or guardians of Jackline.
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