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Elvis

  • Child ID: 030634
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Date: 12/28/2003
  • Country: Kenya
  • Community: Maasai
  • Family: mother and father
  • School: Secondary Boarding School
  • $70.00 - Monthly
Elvis is a student at Secondary Boarding School in Narok, Kenya. He is cared for by his mother and father. His father is a pastoralist, and his mother is a pastoralist. Elvis's favorite subject in school is math. In his free time, he enjoys soccer. 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.

Of the 42 tribes in Kenya, the Maasai live most remotely “in the bush” in southwest Kenya in an area bordering Tanzania and the Maasai Mara game preserve. The Maasai are traditionally pastoralists, living in huts made of mud and cow dung. However, tribal leaders are now realizing the need for diversification, as frequent droughts destroy their livestock, which is their main financial means for food, clothing, education and other necessities.

Male and female roles are traditionally defined in Maasai culture. From a young age, girls are taught to care for younger siblings, help gather firewood for the cooking fire, help carry water from the nearest water source, learn to cook over a fire, and do laundry by hand. Young boys are taught responsibility by shepherding the goats and cows, taking the animals out to graze after breakfast, staying with them through the day and bringing them safely home before sundown.

Maasai are increasingly seeing the value and importance of education. They hope to see their children educated at least through high school, but for many families it is a financial struggle just to keep them in school through eighth grade. Walking an hour or more to an elementary school is common. Both government and private high schools are predominantly boarding schools.

A day in boarding high school may begin as early as 4.30 a.m., with required study hours before breakfast. Sports, drama, and club offer a break after a day of lectures and rigorous course work. Set hours of homework follow supper with a set bedtime. Each student is required to have two school uniforms, which are always worn at school except for sports or PE. No other clothing is allowed at school. Each student hand washes his own uniforms, bed sheets and towel. No visitors are allowed except on visiting day each school term. The school year begins in January and ends in November with three terms. This allows three major school breaks in April, August and December.

Attending high school is almost an impossibility for the vulnerable and/or orphaned students. As you help educate a student through high school, you are also helping to educate the next generation in these ways:

1. Education helps eradicate poverty. 2. Enable a disadvantaged student to reach his/her objective in life. 3. Improve the educational level of the church as a whole. 4. Bring holistic transformation and impart hope. 5. Develop future leaders of the church and the community.

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