Achieng lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 6 children in the family.
Jumping rope, playing ball games and playing group games are Achieng's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
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 Nyagoko, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luo and the most commonly spoken language is Dholuo.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, cassava and plantains. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms, typhoid fever and coughs. Most adults in Nyagoko are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs potable water, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nyagoko Child Development Center to provide Achieng with Bible teaching, recreational activities, health and hygiene instruction, medical exams, opportunities for community service, social events, tuition, literacy training and educational discussions. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational workshops 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: West of Kisumu