Mwania's father is mentally ill. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Mwania is responsible for carrying water, caring for animals and running errands.
For fun, Mwania enjoys soccer, playing ball games and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Mwania in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Mwania lives on the plains of Kwale, home to approximately 5,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bantu and the most commonly spoken language is Kamba.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava, beef, rice, potatoes and goat. A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Kwale are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $7 per month. This community needs secondary schools, text books, water and electricity.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of A.I.C. Kwale Child Development Center to provide Mwania with Bible teaching, health care, nutritious food, hygiene education, educational field trips, tuition and AIDS awareness programs. The center staff will also provide counseling and parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Mwania.
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: Southeast of Nairobi