Our Children

Upendo Orphans Support Project provides holistic support to over 60 destitute children in Kilifi in the form of food, clothing, shelter, education, psycho-social support, healthcare and skills empowerment among other forms of support.

The project supports children across all levels of education. A majority, however, are in primary school.

Venessa Gona

Form 3 (2023) – Matuga Girls National School

Venessa is a lovely and talented young girl. She is currently in her third year in secondary school. She is one of the best performers in her class. Besides academics, she is also good at hairdressing, crocheting, bead work and Maasai sandals making.

Saida Salim

Form 2 (2023) – Bahari Girls National School

Saida Salim is in her second year in secondary school. She is the firstborn in a family of four children. She aspires to be a teacher. Besides academics, Saida has a grade III NITA certification in tailoring.

‘‘I like Upendo very much because they pay my school fees, buy me text books, school uniform and also food. I have learnt many skills at Upendo like tailoring and singing.’’

Neema Kahindi

Engineering Student – Technical University of Mombasa

“I am glad that I have joined university. I will work hard and be a role model to the other Upendo beneficiaries.”

Neema is a Medical Engineering student at Technical University of Mombasa.

John Karisa

Engineering Student – Mitunguu Technical Training Institute

John has grown into a great and responsible young man. He has been at Upendo for more than 15 years! Upendo has been supporting him and his two younger brothers who are total orphans from Nursery to college level.

He is currently a 3rd year student at Mitunguu Technical Training Institute in Meru where he is studying Building and Construction Engineering.

Despite their poor upbringing, the children are excelling. Their futures are promising. Children are admitted to the project in direst need. Each child under the project is assigned to a Women’s Group member (Group Guardian) who looks after and supports the family.The children are supported holistically to grow up as independent and confident young people with the skills to take up meaningful employment or enterprise.