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Sayon

  • Child ID: 030362
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Date: 1/1/2012
  • Country: Kenya
  • Community: Olturot
  • Family: mother and father
  • School: Olturot School
  • $38.00 - Monthly
Sayon is a student at Olturot School in Marsabit, Kenya. He is cared for by his mother and father. His father is a casual worker, and his mother is a housewife. Sayon's favorite subject in school is math. In his free time, he enjoys football. When he grows up, he would like to be a doctor.

Kenya is a beautiful country in East Africa located on the equator along the Indian Ocean, with Ethiopia to the north and Tanzania to the south. Just like her geography and climate, Kenya’s population is strikingly diverse. Traditional herders, Arab Muslims, and cosmopolitan residents of the major cities all contribute to the culture. Game preserves with a variety of amazing animals are tourist destinations for visitors from around the world.

Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is located in the central area of the country. It is a growing metropolis of 4 million people – one of Africa’s largest cities. Along with government buildings, there are beautiful parks, grand homes with manicured lawns, large hotels, and other modern buildings. Nairobi is the crossroads for business and trade in East Africa.

However, Nairobi is also home to some of the largest slums in Africa. It is estimated that one-half of the population of Nairobi lives in one of the 66 identified slums, which cover 5% of the land in the city. Of these people, 40% are HIV-positive. With your help, the CMF child sponsorship program is making a dramatic difference in these slums.

Local churches are reaching out to their communities through Community Health Evangelism (CHE), which:

     • ministers to children through education and feeding programs.
     • forms groups that care for those living with HIV/AIDS.
     • trains adults to start small businesses.
     • addresses water and sanitation issues.
     • changes lives through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

All of this transforms the community, bringing HOPE.

Oltorot is located in Marsabit, a region in north-central Kenya. Approximately 291,000 people live in Marsabit, and more than half of the population is under the age of 18. The region is ethnically diverse, comprised of at least 5 different ethnic groups. While the predominant religion in Marsabit County is Christian, traditional African religions (e.g., animism, use of magic, worship of multiple deities, etc.) are still widely practiced in the villages. Most families are nomadic pastoralists, tending livestock to earn a meager living. The poverty rate in Marsabit is high (nearly 92%) and literacy is low (only approximately 26% of people can read or write). Without an education, boys in the community tend livestock like their fathers, and girls attend to chores at home and marry young. Education is vital to breaking the unrelenting cycle of poverty in Marsabit.

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