Murugi is a new correspondence child, someone whose sponsor does not write to her.
She is 18 years old and in the St. Paul's (Episcopal) Cathedral program in Embu, Kenya.
Embu is home to approximately 45,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Embu and the most commonly spoken language is Kiembu.
The regional diet consists of beans and corn. Common health problems in this area include dental decay, malaria, amoeba infections, typhoid fever and malnutrition. Most adults in Embu are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs educational opportunities, literacy programs and employment opportunities.
Murugi's mother is dead and she lives with her grandmother and works at gardening, animal care, and kitchen help.