Upendo Orphans Support Project is a day care centre that provides holistic support to orphans and destitute children in Kilifi Township with food, education and school enrichment, healthcare, psychosocial support, house improvement and skills empowerment among other forms of support.
The children are provided with a balanced diet, three meals in a day at the centre from Monday to Saturday across the year. The project also holds a Christmas Party every year and distributes Christmas holiday food to all the guardians and children..
Upendo caters for all the education costs of the orphans. The project provides them with school fees, uniform, transport costs, stationery, pocket money and other educational expenses.
Upendo also runs a literacy/reading programme which involves book clubs aimed at inculcating a reading culture that will enhance the orphans’ learning skills in school, create awareness of the importance and power of books, making the library a fun and leisure place as well as encouraging peer interactions through competition and excellent communication skills.
The children’s health is maintained through the provision of a regular balanced diet and other basic needs as well as a loving environment. Upendo meets all the medical costs of all the children under the Project. The project also routinely distributes mosquito nets, toothbrushes and toothpastes and holds medical camps which involve screening and check-ups, HIV testing and counseling and deworming.
This programme gives the children vocational skills. They are taught two courses under this programme: tailoring and bead work. Under the tailoring course, they are trained how to make their own clothes including their school uniforms. The bead work course involves making beadwork products such as bracelets, necklaces, etc. It is amazing how quickly most of them have learnt these skills.
Watch our short video of the tailoring class!
This programme aims at meeting the physical, emotional, social and mental wellbeing of the children. The programme has helped the children deal with adolescence, trauma, grief and anxiety related to parental illness or death. These are explored using quizzes, debates, theatre and poetry.
Activities under this programme include the following:
No child should go without shelter, clothing and access to safe water, basic hygiene and guardianship. Through the provision of clothing, bedding, mosquito nets and shelter improvement, we are empowering the guardians who are the caregivers to our beneficiaries.
We construct decent houses for the neediest families under our care.
The project has so far constructed 8 houses and several families are still on our waiting list.
The organization runs an outreach programme for other needy families in the township, providing clothes and other items when available, and keeping an eye on other destitute children who can be taken care of by Upendo when sponsorship is available.