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Started in 2008 to fill a need caused by the absence of a public state school within the area, the school has presently 52 pupils, of which 30 are orphans and the rest are vulnerable children. The name Mang'ang'a is taken from the Youth Group who have established the school and the two teachers are also members of the youth group. They work voluntarily to help the pupils, who would otherwise be roaming in the village and/or limiting the opportunity of their widowed mothers to work in their shambas on essential agricultural production.
It is almost 3 years since the Buy a Gift for Kenya programme was launched. Altogether some 10 groups have so far benefited in the Kirongo Project and nearly 30 across the 3 Projects in the federation of Upendo Foundation.
I remember in January 2001when a team from Hazelemere made their first trip to Oyugis, as part of Amani UK, to break the ground on which the Upendo Foundation has been developed. Amani CCDP existed and actively supported the community when Jim, Mark, Ron and Derek visited the project. An induction workshop was conducted by the team with the staff, some of whom are now part of the current Upendo staff.