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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On the 26 January 2012, 15 teachers and 4 Upendo federation staff representatives attended a workshop for teachers from the 10 community led ECD schools, operating under the 3 projects of Imani, Umoja, and Kirongo. These schools are the initiative of the community groups, with support from Amani UK through the affiliate projects.
The Upendo schools link programme has been running for 7 years and now has 19 schools linked to UK schools. There has been exchanges of letters, photos of activities, stories about the schools, families and friends, and articles etc between the linked schools and individual pupils. Relationships have developed between the schools and joint projects initiated, e.g. Holtspur Junior School (UK) and Mithui Primary School (Kenya) have developed a 'culture in the box' project which has worked really well.
The 22nd of September 2011 was a big day in the history of Kalando. It was the first Education Day since the school was started, aimed at bringing all the stakeholders together and to motivate the current students. It recognized the excellent performance in the 2010 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations nationwide. It was a very colourful ceremony with entertainment from students and presentations of awards and prizes to teachers and students, based on the previous year's progress. The District Education Officer was guest of honour and other distinguished guests
Jaribu Upendo is a women's group affiliated to the Umoja Project, comprising a majority of women and a few men behind the team to help with heavy work, like ploughing with bulls. For a long time water has been a major problem, both at household and community level. Much of their agricultural and livestock work has been adversely affected by insufficient water supply in this region.
It was Friday morning. The morning sun was cool and birds were humming as people walked in different directions to their places of work. At a place some people had started to gather, waiting for their guests to arrive as a team of 9 in two vans [Mission Tours]. As the visiting team left for a nearby school, group members were trickling in. In the middle of the group were three strangers, one dressed in women’s attire. People became inquisitive of who they were and what they wanted.
One Touch Youth Initiatives is a community based initiative, started in 2004 by the youth in a remote location of Rachuonyo South District, Nyanza Province in Western Kenya. In response to the growing number of unemployed youths , the initiative seeks to build a bridge between labour market needs and young people whose capability make them ideal to fill ICT skills gap. The initiative started with a single Pentium 1 computer, with no printer, in a residential house. The completed work was saved on diskettes and printed elsewhere. We managed to buy a printer and a second hand scanner and
Upendo Foundation International is greatly encouraged to be in partnership with Trade Relief, a UK based organization working for economic development in developing countries.
Where unemployment and poverty is the general order of the day, the partnership between Upendo Foundation and Trade Relief is vital in targeting developing businesses, which can lead to employment opportunities among the disadvantaged community members.