Kenya (Africa)

Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Kenyan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

Compassion's work in Kenya began in 1980. More than 95,400 children participate in more than 355 child development centers.

About the country

Population: 21 millions
Life expectancy: Male 48 years, Female 50 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 5,1%
People with HIV/AIDS: 350.000 (0,31%)
Drinking water sources: -
Adequate sanitation facilities: -
Literacy rate: Male 83%, Female 67%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 33%

Child Sponsorship Program

Child Sponsorship Program in Kenya

Compassion began its ministry in Kenya in 1980, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.

Each child receives a snack and lunch. A typical snack consists of a cup of porridge or a cup of tea, a slice of bread and fruit, and, in some cases, an egg. A typical lunch consists of rice or ugali, beef stew, bean stew or legumes, and green leafy vegetables such as kale or cabbage.

Children are offered a variety of extracurricular activities, including an annual soccer competition; quarterly displays of items children have made, such as beadwork, carpentry and leatherwork; talent days where children perform music, drama or poems; and teen camps held during holidays.

Children participate in community service as well by visiting and helping sick caregivers in their community, helping to clean their homes, and by participating in tree-planting activities. Adolescents are involved in skills training, such as computer training, carpentry, motor vehicle repair, dressmaking, cooking, hairdressing, driving, life skills and tree planting.

They also participate in Christian preaching and Bible studies. There are several topics that are introduced to boys as part of a specialty curriculum, such as hunting, which is taught during "Rites of Passage" sessions for teenagers. Others such as motherhood, child care, hospitality, Girls' Brigades and scouting clubs are set up by churches to enhance talent development, life skills and leadership.

Adult literacy classes are offered at child development centers, Monday through Friday in the afternoons, along with health education, spiritual education, education on farming practices, training on child protection and prevention of abuse, and the parents' role in child development.

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