Shalien makes her home with her father and her mother. Caring for animals, helping in the kitchen and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Shalien enjoys playing ball games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Shalien in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Shalien lives in the coastal community of Imbale, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Luhyia.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, jiggers, typhoid, skin diseases and the flu. Most adults in Imbale are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $53 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of ACK St. Andrew's Imbale Church Child Development Center to provide Shalien with Bible studies, discipleship classes, camps, conferences, health and hygiene education, indoor and outdoor games, health screenings, supplemental food, soccer tournaments, community service opportunities, debate clubs, gardening lessons, counseling, music classes, leadership training, talent development, life skills training and remedial classes. The center staff will also provide business training for the parents or guardians of Shalien.
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: Southwest of Kakamega