Erick lives with his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood, caring for animals and running errands. There are 4 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Erick enjoys soccer, running and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Erick will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Erick lives on the plains of Kagilo, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Luo and the most commonly spoken language is Dholuo.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava, chicken and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, typhoid fever, pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections. Most adults in Kagilo are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs employment opportunities , vocational training centers and teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Paul's ACK Sawagongo Child Development Center to provide Erick with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene instruction, recreational activities, tuition and literacy programs. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
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 City