Milson lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Milson enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Milson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Milson lives on the plains of Ikanga, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and grass roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Kikamba. The regional diet consists of maize, beans and porridge.
Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, colds, tuberculosis and malnutrition. Most adults in Ikanga are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, food, scholastic materials and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of African Inland Church Ikanga Child Development Center to provide Milson with Bible teaching, recreational activities, nutritious food, retreats, parties, tuition and self-employment skills. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Milson.
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