In his home, Mwero helps by carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a church worker and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer and playing group games are Mwero's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Mwero will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mwero lives in the coastal community of Mijikenda, home to approximately 38,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Digo and the most commonly spoken language is Kidigo.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin diseases, tuberculosis and intestinal worms. Most adults in Mijikenda are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs affordable education, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of G.N.C.A. Mtongwe Child Development Center to provide Mwero with Bible teaching, medical exams, health education, recreational activities, tuition, educational classes and uniforms. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Mwero.
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: South of Mombasa