Kahiga makes his home with his grandfather and his grandmother. Carrying water and caring for animals are his household duties. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Kahiga enjoys soccer and singing. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is below average.
Please remember Kahiga in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Kahiga lives in the hills of Ngenia, home to approximately 29,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gikuyu and the most commonly spoken language is Kikuyu.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, beef, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include colds, flu, typhoid fever and malnutrition. Most adults in Ngenia are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs vocational training, an improved food supply and rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of PCEA Ngenia Church Child Development Center to provide Kahiga with Bible teaching, medical exams, recreational activities, field trips, group discussions, birthday celebrations and skills training. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents and guardians of Kahiga.
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 Meru