Achieng lives with her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 6 children in the family.
Playing ball games and playing group games are Achieng's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Achieng will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Achieng lives in the hills of Luhya/Luo, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Abaluhya and Luo, and the most commonly spoken languages are Luhya and Dholuo.
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 Luhya/Luo are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $13 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and educational resources.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eluhobe Child Development Center to provide Achieng with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, HIV/AIDS awareness classes, recreational activities, literacy training, educational tours and leadership skills. The center staff will also provide child care and educational classes for the parents or guardians of Achieng.
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