Wanjuhi lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 7 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Wanjuhi enjoys playing ball games and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Wanjuhi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Wanjuhi lives in the hills of Gitutha, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gikuyu and the most commonly spoken language is Kikuyu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include typhoid fever, malaria and flu. Most adults in Gitutha are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and improved roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AIC Gitutha Church Child Development Center to provide Wanjuhi with Bible teaching, medical exams, recreational activities, social events, skills training, educational field trips, counseling and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Wanjuhi.
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 City