Upendo Children’s Home is 3 years old. The home provides about 40 children with shelter. Before coming to Upendo Children’s Home, those children were once left out in the cold streets to fend for themselves. That God Upendo rescued them. They came from either the streets, abusive homes, or were orphaned and had no responsible guardian.
From the moment they arrive at the home, the boys and girls are shown love and compassion. The staff and volunteers who work at the children’s home are their family, big brothers and sisters. They call the Director “mom” since she is the one who first welcomed them home. She cleaned up their wounds and clothed them the day they came home half naked due to lack of appropriate clothes.
The home as both house mothers and house fathers. All our staff are trained to attend to all children’s needs. The social worker is also a great resource to the home because he teaches the children safety skills, hygiene and responsibility.
All the children have access to a warm bath, at least three nutritious meals a day, clean clothes and medical care. Majority of the children attend a nearby public school, St Paul’s Primary school, while a few gifted children attend a boarding school.
At Upendo, all the school fees, school supplies and school uniforms are provided free of charge.
The social worker provides basic counselling to the children to help them overcome any trauma from their past. The children are taught to be hopeful and to trust in God for their future.
Our love –Upendo- goes beyond the doors of Upendo Children’s Home. There are other children, at least 50, out there that receive other resources from Upendo Kids. Children who are poor and unable to provide for their education needs are being sponsored by Upendo Kids through a sponsorship program. Those children live in the care of their relatives but our organization took the burden of education from their relatives. It helps the parents or other relatives who are taking care of those children to be able to provide for other members of the families.
The home is also used as an emergency shelter by the police and other children workers in the areas of Juja, Thika and Kiambu. If there are children who need a safe shelter and warmth, they are brought to the home for a short time until other arrangements are made for them. Sometimes, the children end up living at the home forever.
The children are taught Christianity. Even though there is no religious discrimination within Upendo, children who come to the home are taught to live a Christian life. They become members of the Presbyterian Church of Juja, and they participate in Sunday school activities including annual festivals.
Upendo children know to greet all their visitors who come into the home with angelic voices- singing gospel songs as a sign of appreciation.