Akoth makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Akoth participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, jumping rope and playing ball games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Akoth in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Akoth lives on the plains of Simenya, home to approximately 10,000 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, fish, cassava, beef and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, pneumonia, stomach disorders, skin infections and coughs. Most adults in Simenya are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK St. Andrew's Simenya Child Development Center to provide Akoth with Bible teaching, medical care, recreational activities, hygiene instruction, tuition and formal education. 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