Alex lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His duties at home include carrying water, caring for animals and running errands. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Playing ball games and playing group games are Alex's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class, Vacation Bible School and youth group.
Please remember Alex in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alex lives in the hillside community of Maseno, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Luhyia.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, typhoid, HIV/AIDS and malaria. Half of the adults in Maseno are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs access to technology, educational materials and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK Maseno Child Development Center to provide Alex with Bible studies, choir, peer counseling, hygiene education, health screening, educational field trips, tuition, school supplies and vocational training. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement and income-generating projects for the parents or guardians of Alex.
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: East of Kisumu