Peninah lives with her mother. At home, duties include helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Peninah participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Reading and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Peninah will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Peninah lives in the hills of Renguti, home to approximately 27,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethic group and language is Agikuyu.
The regional diet consists of corn, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include eye infections, skin diseases, malaria, typhoid and respiratory illnesses. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $19 per month. This community has water but needs classrooms, textbooks and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AIC Kamangu Child Development Center to provide Peninah with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health education, medical care, picnics, birthday parties, recreational activities, tuition, textbooks and career counseling. The center staff will also provide seminars and training on income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Peninah.
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 Nairobi