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 day was cool as everyone prepared for the day's work as usual. The UK visiting team had arrived from their hotel in Oyugis where they were residing and as usual in our interaction there were hugs and hand greetings in the warm sweet morning sun. Kirongo pupils has assembled to entertain the visitors under the shade provided by the umbrella trees, probably planted 10-15 years ago.
Kirongo Project is a project that has stood the test of time, working to change the lives of over 20,000 people, both directly through the groups it works with and indirectly, where groups not affiliated to the project learn from those who are; and also getting serivces and goods readily within their reach.
Although no one realised it at the time, Upendo Foundation was really born 25 years ago in 1985. That was when the Kirongo Project was founded and community groups were able to be supported. Over the following years, driven by food security issues and the growing awareness of the advancing HIV pandemic, more groups formed and 2 more Projects emerged, Umoja and Imani, to provide guidance and support.
Home Based Care (HBC) is one of the health sector components which Imani Community Development Organization is active in. We have been running the programme, based on the knowledge obtained from training colleges and field experiences. This time, with support from ElectricAid through Amani UK, we were able to put together our knowledge and field experiences, together with other peoples' experience gained through consultation. Imani came up with a handbook for doing HBC, with the manual covering disease prevention and cure, water and sanitation and alternative nutrition, among other thing
It is enjoyable, interesting and encouraging to see the trend the Schools Links programme has taken and continues to take. From experience, it reveals to me that it may take a school a million steps or just one to establish a link, as long as you have common interests and values. I have seen some of the Kenyan linked schools that started almost in the same way as jumping hurdles or treading on hard rocks, with myriads of challenges, but can now confess the schools link has done a lot. There is an improvement in interactions among the local schools in sport, meetings, joint exams etc grea
In our community organization we are trying our utmost to capacity build twelve community groups. We work with on modern farming techniques and agribusiness and in so doing some positve changes are now crystal clear.
Among the twelve groups affiliated to Umoja project, Jaribu Upendo Women Group is one of the groups that appreciates the generosity of Amani UK and other donors. The group consists of 12 widows, 6 men and 7 mothers totalling to 25 members. Men in the group assist the ladies in physical work which cannot be performed by the ladies. It is realised that most of the group members are above 50 years of age but to the amazement of many people, they are strong and productive. The dominating factor of group formation was to ensure food security in each of the members' household. Some of the a
Take a large quantity of cheerfulness and let it simmer without stopping.
Put with it a basinful of kindness and let it simmer without stopping.
Put with a basin full of kindness add a full measure of thought for other people.
Mix into these a piled teaspoonful of sympathy flavour with essence of charity
Stir well together and then carefully strain off any grains of selfishness
Let the whole be served with love, patience and fruit of the spirit.