BC: Honors World Cultures
FC: Kenya by Michaela
2: Kenya is a small country, about the size of France. Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Somalia. It has 40 ethnic groups, or tribes.
3: Kenya has a population of about 41,070,934 people. Due to the casualties of AIDS, this number may be more or less.
4: The people of Kenya are mostly African, with the exception of missionaries who go there, like my dad. People who are very poor live in really crowded places called slums. The slums are very unsanitary, with the sewage and garbage running down the street in ditches . Most kids don't have toys to play with so they use various items from garbage, like bottle caps, old bicycle tires, sticks, etc. to make homemade toys like the one at right. Many children are orphaned because their parents died of AIDS, and it is not uncommon to find four or five adopted children in a family.
5: this is a picture of the slums <----- :( | even though these people can't control the garbage, they sure do make nice things ----> | this is a picture of a handmade car a little boy made, notice the bottle caps <----- and wire
6: some beautiful handmade crafts my dad brought home as souvenirs | making Ugali <---
7: Some people make keepsakes and souvenirs for tourists, like the ones you see at the left. The bowl is hand carved and the animals on it are beautifully whittled on, and the same goes for the animal figures. Most of the people living there are Christians and Muslims, with other religions mixed in like Hinduism, and people who follow their ancestral tribal beliefs. There are also missionaries living there helping the remote villages of Kenya drill water so they don't drink poison and of course sharing the gospel with them. One of their staple foods the people eat (it is also the national dish of Kenya) is called Ugali. They make Ugali by taking cornmeal and making it into a porridge. They speak English and Swahili, but English is their national language.
8: The geography of Kenya has a beautiful variation of mountains, flat lands, landscapes, and coastlines with coral reefs. The highest point and mountain in Kenya is called Mount Kenya. It stands 5,199 meters tall. Other mountains in Kenya are Mount Elgon and Mount Kilimanjaro (which is really on the border of Kenya and Tanzania instead of actually in it). Located in the western and central part of Kenya, the Great Rift Valley is an impressive feature of its geography. The valley divides the highlands into east and west. The highlands have a cool climate and great, highly fertile soil. Kenya also has several lakes. There is a dry coastal plain covered by savanna and another coastal area with very fertile land. The rainforests Kakamega and Mau are found in Kenya also.
9: In Kenya there is a national park where the wildlife is protected. My dad went on a safari while he was there and saw rhinos, zebras, giraffes, and various other wildlife, even lions (which is a rare sight to see).
10: Kenya has a republican government with a Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branch. Their national anthem is called "Oh God of All Creation" and their national symbol is the lion. The capitol of Kenya is Nairobi and to give you an idea about how different their time is from ours, I'll tell you thins: Our dad would call us in Kenya at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon there and here it would be like 1 1 or 12 in the middle of the night. Sometimes we still get calls from my dad's friends in Kenya at 4 in the morning! The current president is Mwai Kibaki and he is Kenya's 3rd president. He was born in 1931 and went to school like a normal child in Kenya. They swore him into office in 2002 and he has been president ever since. The current prime minister of Kenya is Raila Odinga. He was born in 1945 and also went to school. In 2007 he ran for president but did not win. This event caused tribal wars and his followers went on a rampage, killing around 1000 people and burning 800 homes and churches. To keep the peace, the government gave Raila the position of prime minister. From these tribal wars there are still
11: the president of Kenya <----- | the prime minister of Kenya ---->
12: refugee camps and people picking up the pieces of their lives and putting them together again today. | Sites and resources used: | http://www.safaridesigner.com/Africa-970.html | https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html | http://www.africaguide.com/country/kenya/culture.htm | ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
13: http://www.mapsofworld.com/kenya/geography/ | http://www.statehousekenya.go.ke/presidents/kibaki/profile.htm | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raila_Odinga#2007_presidential_election | I also want to give credit to my father who went over to Kenya in 2009 to help build a church. He took all of the pictures in this project (except for the 3 pictures of the crafts, the maps and flag, and the president and prime minister). He also gave me a lot of information about the slums, which is where a group of missionaries and him went.