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
Here is all the latest news direct from Kenya:
Imani Community Development Organization this year planned to deal with individual group members in trying to address food insecurity, which has been experienced in the past. 18 group members were targeted, each preparing one acre of land for either sorghum intercropped with legumes or maize intercropped with legumes depending on the ecological zone they live in. The legumes included beans, green grams, and cowpeas. The legumes are sources of protein and at the same time help in fixing atmospheric nitrogen into the soil.
Sola Cago is an enterprise that has existed for nine years, with minimal capital and consequently struggling to make ends meet and survive. Sola Cago is situated along the Kisii-Kisumu highway in Oyugis Town, Nyanza province, Rachuonyo South district. The members and staff work hard to make their dreams come true. The enterprise deals mainly in the Information Technology industry and stationery supplies and services, together with the sale of soft drinks and beverages. Although it is very competetive, our strategy puts us in the limelight.
It was for nearly 16 months that Makuya Women Group lived on Gods grace, as they pumped and used contaminated water. Fortunately there is a good long term relationship between Upendo Foundation and Christian Services International (CSI), who currently implement a water programme in the Meru region. Following Upendo contact and consultation with CSI, their technician Greg travelled to Oyugis and quickly assessed that the contamination of the Makuya water project was due to poor quality metal rods used in the pumping system. The recommendation from Greg was to have the rods replaced, requiri
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th and this year Imani celebrated by holding a women’s health day. Since March 8th fell on a Tuesday, a market day in Oyugis, Imani decided to postpone the event to March 9th, so more women would be able to attend. The event was held at Assisi Community Clinic and was hosted by Imani and the medical staff of Marie Stopes in Kisii.
The Imani CDO vision is to see an economically empowered community. Lilian Okello, a member of Mang’ang’a Youth Group, is a good example of a community member who has taken advantage of Imani CDO training, enabling her to become economically empowered. A 28 year-old widow with no children, whose husband died in 1999, Lilian joined Mang’ang’a Youth Group in 2007. Through the youth group and Imani CDO she has been able to participate in training in agricultural techniques and business skills. She has received various seeds and fertilizers to help her start and develop her business.
Imani CDO, along with two US Peace Corps public health volunteers, Lizzie Edwards and Helen McGuirk, organized a World AIDS Day football tournament, together with other health activities. The event took place on December 1st at Karabok Primary School, outside Oyugis. The football tournament was contested by 4 teams and various health activities were also going on during the matches. There were 2 teams from the Oyugis area (Assisi and Mang'ang'a), one team from Kirongo, and one team from Mikai.
It's the end of a long season that started in February with field preparation. The season started so well with rains coming at the right time, the planting was done at the right time and it wasn't untill April that the rains increased in intensity.