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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The Umoja Project works with both UK linked and unlinked schools within our catchment. St. Charles is an unlinked School, started as a Pre-Primary centre for young kids. The enrolled students started learning in a Church building which could only fit a few pupils. As time went by, it developed into a Primary School, due to the fact that Primary Schools within the surrounding area are quite far apart, with some next to streams, valleys and busy roads, used by speeding vehicles and motorcycles and consequently hazardous to teachers and pupils alike.
The basis of Upendo Foundation is one of partnership; firstly through the affiliated CBO's which make up the federation; secondly the long standing support of our sponsor Amani UK; thirdly the international supporters linking through our sponsor and through the CBO's; lastly, but very importantly, with the growing band of agencies and like organisations here in Kenya.
Four years on from our launch as a registered NGO, the Upendo Board decided it was time to carry out an in depth review, involving all the partners at staff and board level. The review covered every aspect of structure, process and procedure and examined the strategy required for future development of the Foundation and its service to the community.
The work of Imani Community Development Organization includes various activities with people living with HIV/AIDS in Kasipul Division, including the issue of the early education of their young children. The Government has been funding primary education but neglecting the fact that pre-Primary education is very important as the foundation of child education. The rich and financially able were and are able to send their young ones to private schools, but this was not the general case.
The Buy a Gift for Kenya (BaG) scheme was started by Amani UK in the year 2005. A local team of 2 representatives each from the 3 CBO partner organizations was set up under the name UMIT (Upendo Information Management Team). Its leadership is very democratic, with annual revolving changes of the key positions. BaG, as it is known has improved the lives of very many across the federation.
Mama Benter Oduol, a 60 years old widow, now has a reason to smile. She had lost hope of ever being able to stand or walk on her own after she was involved in a car accident in October 2011, leading to amputation of her right leg. She saw a ray of hope and smiled when she received a pair of crutches, a walker and the money for re-habilitation physiotherapy, from Sophie of Imani CDO. This was all due to a donation from Holy Trinity Church, Hazlemere, UK.
The long friendship between Amani UK and Upendo federation is real evidence of the beneficiary circle we share. Regular visits have created positive impact and friendship in all the communities visited. Just to mention recent visits, from October 2011 up to early January 2012, there have been generous donations that have enabled widows and vulnerable children to realize they are not alone, despite their situations.
Taking a glimpse into the various activities that take place during World AIDS Day, one can sigh with relief that the stigma behind the pandemic is abating. Let us consider people's attitude and perception concerning HIV/AIDS in the late nineteen eighties and a decade after. It is as clear as crystal that in many countries, Kenya included, people who had died of HIV/ AIDS were wrapped in polythene sheets and buried deep, far from the grave; little did we know the modes of HIV transmission and other factors that fuelled the spread of the scourge.