BGMC Passport to Kenya
Hey kids! Can you find the nation of Kenya on the world globe? Here's a hint: It's in the continent of Africa. On the east coast of Kenya is the Indian Ocean. The country of Somalia is to its north and Tanzania to its south.
Kenya has been in the news lately because poor, neglected, and hungry families have been moving into Kenya from Somalia.
Check out the downloads below and print them out for your BGMCKids binder.
Click here to read the Buddy Around the World report about international children's missionaries Jay and Debbie Riser. And click here to read the True Missions Story called "Prayer Under the Thorn Trees."
Are you ready to travel? Buckle up again, because it's time to blast off. Away we go!
Left: Kenya's national flag
"Habari gani?" Nyambura (nee-ahm-boo-ra) greets her cousin Pius, who is just coming out of his stone house. Nyambura's little sister Jacinta follows them, proudly carrying new notebooks for her first day of school. The three kids chatter in Swahili, their own language. Jacinta's classes will be in Swahili, and she will begin to learn English. Nyambura is beginning the fourth grade, where all her classes will be in English.
Most Kenyans live in small villages or towns and raise their own food and animals. Their houses are made of mud and wooden poles, with thatched roofs, or of brick or stone with metal roofs. Many villages do not have electricity, and women and girls must go fetch water from a well or a river and firewood for cooking. Often grandparents or other family members share the home or live nearby.
A Trip to the City
Some of Nyambura's cousins have moved to Nairobi, the capital city of nearly 3 million people. To get there, Nyambura rides in a matatu, a small pickup truck with room for passengers in the back. Her cousins live in an apartment building that seems so tall it makes Nyambura dizzy! The cars, buses, matatus and so many people make a lot of noise! Once when traveling to Nairobi, and near the outskirts of the city, Nyambura watched a giraffe try to cross the street!
The streets are busy, and the markets and stores are open every day, not just two times a week as in the village. Her cousin even has water piped into the apartment, so they don't have to go to a well or river! But many parts of the city are very poor. Nyambura sees kids her age living in tin and wood shacks.
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