Valentine lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Jumping rope is Valentine's favorite activity. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Valentine will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Valentine lives on the plains of Kiio, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors and mud walls. The primary ethnic group is Kamba and the most commonly spoken languages are Kikamba and Kiswahili.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. Most adults in Kiio are unemployed but some work as animal herders, day laborers, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs hospitals, employment opportunities and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kiio GFBC Child Development Center to provide Valentine with Bible studies, health screenings, hygiene education, supplemental food, vaccinations, talent development, team building activities, community service opportunities, life skills training, career guidance, computer classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide economic empowerment education for the parents or guardians of Valentine.
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 Nariobi