Kevin makes his home with his grandfather and his grandmother. Carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands are his household duties. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kevin participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Soccer, playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Kevin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Kevin lives in the hills of Eluhobe, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Banyore and Luo, and the most commonly spoken languages are Luhya and Luo.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish and cassava. Common health problems in this area include HIV/AIDS, typhoid fever, septic wounds and malaria. Most adults in Eluhobe are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and educational resources.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eluhobe Child Development Center to provide Kevin with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene training, nutritional lessons, indoor and outdoor games, community service opportunities, livelihood skills development, computer classes, field trips and educational assistance. The center staff will also provide trainings and activities for the parents or guardians of Kevin.
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 Kisumu City