Upendo Orphans Support Project is a Christian based organization founded in 2002 by the Upendo Methodist Women Group (a group of women from the Kilifi Methodist Church). The women became concerned at the growing number of children begging on the streets of Kilifi - a phenomenon new to this small town on the coast of Kenya. They realized that more and more of the children were losing their parents due to AIDS, and although most were taken in by other family members, the poverty level here meant that the families just could not feed the extra mouths.
Upendo Orphans Support Project works in Kilifi, one of the poorest counties in Kenya, which has one of the highest rates of illiteracy and unemployment. Orphans are particularly vulnerable in this environment. The Upendo Methodist Women Group knows the local population well and works closely with the orphans’ guardians, thus providing a real strength to the project.
Today, over 60 such children are being looked after by the project due to the extraordinary determination of these women. Although the project was founded by women from the Kilifi Methodist Church, the project supports children of all beliefs: it is essentially humanitarian in its work.