Upendo Foundation International is a partnership of:
- Kirongo CCIP
- Umoja CCIP
- Imani CDO
Upendo is an international NGO registered in Kenya: NGO number Op.218/051/2007/0126/4567
Here is all the latest news direct from Kenya:
For a considerably long time in the community of Kirongo, there has been a problem of poor health and lack of medical facilities to take care of the many health problems. The nearest hospital is over 10 km away from this community and hence it has been a great challenge to get treatment at the right time to avoid complications and resulting to loss of lives. This necessitated the initiation of the Ted Rayner Memorial clinic by Jan Rayner in memory of her husband Ted.
Kenya is experiencing the worst drought in many years. A total of 19 out of 47 counties have been worst affected and the drought has been declared a national disaster. In the worst affected areas livestock are dying due to lack of pasture and water.
In western Kenya there are two planting seasons each year. The first season normally falls from March to July while the second one is from August to December.
Imani Community Development Organization hold annual general meetings every year with all group affiliates. This was done for evaluation purposes for the year 2016 with all groups attending the meeting plus Imani staff. Some of the issues discussed were as follows;
1. Activity evaluation 2016. The evaluation was to help educate everyone in strengths and weaknesses, if planned activities have been achieved or not, to help determine whether there is growth, to enhance competition and to know if knowledge is put in place.
This year’s World AIDS day was marked and celebrated at Oyugis Agoro Sare field on 1st of December 2016. Like any other annual AIDS Day, people attended in numbers. Upendo Foundation International organization, being a major stakeholder in this cause, was heavily involved and was well represented by staff, community groups and the supported organisation, People Living with HIV/AIDS.
One of the activities Upendo does with groups and households is bee-keeping, which is studied as a topic in schools. To offer a more practical experience, Masanga Class 7 pupils have initiated a bee-keeping project with support from their UK link-school, Hazlemere C of E School. Masanga has a big piece of bush land which is not cultivated and very suitable for bee keeping and this will be a demonstration facility as the pupils study bee-keeping as a topic and at the same time will generate income from sales of honey.