Upendo Foundation International is a partnership of:
- Kirongo CCIP
- Umoja CCIP
- Imani CDO
Upendo is an international NGO registered in Kenya: NGO number Op.218/051/2007/0126/4567
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I have recently conducted research around Oyugis, Kenya, to understand the problems young women face during their menses and will write a full report. In the meantime however I feel it right to share my initial findings. I have interviewed groups of girls aged 14 to 18 from different schools and have gathered a lot of information about the issues that arise every month for these girls and the serious implications for their everyday lives, their education and their future.
Pendo Letu Women Group is made up of widows and women living with HIV/AIDS. Many do not have the strength to do farm work to support their children and grandchildren so, cognisant of this fact, Imani Community Development Organization introduced the idea of alternative work for the women to generate income, to enable them to be self reliant. Imani staff trained the ladies, many of whom are over 65 years old, to make bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings from glossy paper.
Imani Community Development Organization is in the business of training community groups in alternative nutrition. The community is used to common food preparation and eating habits, but due to negative attitudes, they neglect traditional indigenous foods that are locally available and of high value. The objective of training is to change their attitude and perception towards such foods as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, grain amaranth, cassava, groundnuts and local vegetables through processes of adding value.
Upendo Foundation is working with the community to fight hunger through provision of farm inputs during the planting season every year. In rural western Kenya many households do not realize maximum yield from their farms because they cannot afford adequate farm inputs.
The low yields lead to inadequate food and inadequate nutrition. Many families do not have enough food to take them through the year and at the same time they don’t have money to buy enough food from the market.
In 2008, a heifer was given to one of our widow’s group to empower them economically through the process of pass-on, pass-back. The same cow has provided calves for 4 individuals in our community group network, through the process of pass-on, pass-back. A calf was passed back within the project to Wedewo Widows Group. From the Wedewo Group a calf was given to the Tang Chon Ber group and she has now produced a calf of her own, which will be passed back in October to another group as the 5th born of a single chain of pass-on, pass-back.