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Joseph

  • Child ID: 020317
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Date: 6/17/2011
  • Country: Kenya
  • Community: Mradi
  • Family: mother and father
  • School: Mabatini School
  • $38.00 - Monthly
Joseph is a student at the Mabatini School in Nairobi, Kenya. He lives with his mother and father. His father is a tailor, and his mother is a tailor. Joseph's favorite subject in school is art, and he would like to be a doctor when he grows up.

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.

Mradi is a community within the larger Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Mathare Valley is the second largest slum in Nairobi, with over 800,000 people living in an area of just under one square mile. The area is characterized by extreme poverty, high crime rates, joblessness, and lack of services such as electricity, water, and sanitation. The homes of those living in this area are made mostly of materials that are scavenged (tin, scrap lumber, poles, mud). Many have dirt floors, leaky roofs, and insecure doors and window openings.

In 2000, the first Missions of Hope International (MoHI) school opened in the Mathare Valley slum to 50 four and five year olds. In 2004, MoHI joined forces with CMF to form the Hope Partnership, and in 2005 the two organizations launched a child sponsorship program. Today, MoHI operates schools serving thousands of children in the Mathare Valley. The schools also serve as community centers, offering skills training, medical care, and spiritual guidance.

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