This is an annual event normally celebrated towards the end of the year after schools close. The day brings together Upendo Women’s Group members (group guardians), orphans, staff, family guardians, volunteers and invited guests.
Each of the Upendo orphans is attached to a member of the Upendo Women’s Group (group guardian). During the Love Day, there is a session where each orphan sits with the group and family guardian to share about his/her life in school, Upendo, home and the community.
It’s a day filled with song and dance, motivating speeches and sharing of a love breakfast and lunch. The aim of this day is to give the orphans a new lease of life as they socialize, mingle and share with the guardians and guests. It lifts their self-esteem high and helps them to view the future with hope.
Due to economic hardship, not every family in Kenya celebrates Christmas! Upendo holds a Christmas Party every year where the orphans have an opportunity to celebrate with group guardians, family guardians, staff and guests. This is normally held one week before Christmas. The project also distributes Christmas holiday food to all the guardians and children to last them for the days they will be at their home.
The event is held in November to recognize, reward, appreciate and motivate our children, guardians, volunteers and staff in their different areas of work.
We recognize success and celebrate academic achievement and outstanding hard work throughout the year in all of the programmes undertaken by the project.
This event also aims at making the children revel in and value learning and other activities. It’s a great way to end the year!