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  • Child ID: 025811
  • Gender: Female
  • Birth Date: 2/10/2014
  • Country: Kenya
  • Community: Joska
  • Family: mother and father
  • School: Joska School
  • $38.00 - Monthly
Elizabeth is a student at Joska School in Nairobi, Kenya. She is cared for by her mother and father. Her father is a casual worker, and her mother is a casual worker. Elizabeth's favorite subject in school is math. In her free time, she enjoys football. When she grows up, she 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.

Joska is located in a rural area about one hour outside of the city of Nairobi. The Joska boarding school opened in 2007 to house middle school boys and girls. In 2012, a second boarding school campus was constructed a few miles away to house the boys while the girls remained at the original campus. Additionally, there are nursery schools located on both Joska campuses that serve young children living in the rural areas nearby, as well as at-risk children who may not otherwise survive in the slums of Nairobi.

Most students who attend the boarding schools grew up living in the slums of Mathare Valley. 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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