Waweru lives with his father. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Waweru participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Waweru will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Waweru lives in the hillside community of Kiambiu Slums, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Kamba, Luo, Kikuyu, Luhiya and Maasai. The most commonly spoken languages are Kikamba, Luo, Kikuyu, Luhyia and Maasai.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include typhoid fever, flu, colds, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Kiambiu Slums are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs potable water, income-generating activities and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AIC Jericho Child Development Center to provide Waweru with Bible studies, nutritious food, retreats, games, reading and writing classes and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide counseling and HIV/AIDS prevention programs for the parents or guardians of Waweru.
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