WHO WE ARE
We are a government registered organization called Kijiji Cha Upendo (Swahili for “Village of Love”) Children’s Project*. We enhance the capacity of guardians caring for orphaned and abandoned children within their own loving families, so that they can give their children a better future through the provision of food and education.
Currently, Kijiji Cha Upendo embraces 75 families that together care for 500 children. We operate in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums.
We envision vulnerable children, to the best of their potential, becoming well developed adults and healthy, productive and responsible citizens.
To complement the efforts of families already providing physical and emotional support to orphans and other vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through a family based approach, where children receive nurturing care by loving adults, within family homes.
Kijiji Cha Upendo systematically supports families caring for orphaned children, combining the best aspects of institutional and non-institutional orphan care: Orphaned children are raised in the best place possible, in a loving family, while social workers monitor their care and small business micro-loans boost the family small business to enable caregivers to feed their children and keep them in school.
* Kijiji Cha Upendo (Village of Love) is registered as a Community Based Organisation, Registration No. 11849 under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Services of the Government of Kenya.
“If children are offered the opportunity, and are placed in an environment that enhances their capabilities, then they can realise their potential. Kijiji Cha Upendo is a vehicle that can do this. The Caregivers have the love. Our Donors have the material resources. Together, we can provide OVC’s (orphans and vulnerable children) with everything they need!” Andrew Obara, Project Administrator