UPENDO SCHOOL’S HISTORY
Upendo School and Children’s Home (also known as Upendo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre) is an NGO Certified orphanage and school located in the rural Murang’a East district in Kenya’s Central Province.
Upendo, founded by Eunice Komotho in 1997, began as an organization that provided local needy children with food, clothing, medication, education as well as counseling. In 2002, Upendo expanded its scope and began an orphanage for seven young girls. These seven young children ranged in age from eight months to three years old and were cared for by a house mother, assistant and a night guard. With the help of the local community, the Upendo Children’s Home was built and consisted of a dormitory and a kitchen.
Present Day at Upendo
Since 2002, six classrooms have been constructed in addition to volunteer quarters and a water tank. Upendo educates more than 200 primary students each year. In addition, thirty-nine of the children at Upendo have graduated primary school! In 2021, nineteen of the girls will be in secondary school, and twelve of the Upendo children who graduated from secondary school are attending college or trade school. Finally, in 2021 we will have a total of 6 college graduates!
The Future of Upendo
Upendo plans to continue and educate the more than 50 orphaned girls through sponsorships to secondary school and post-secondary school. These sponsorships will allow the girls to continue their education while learning a sense of independence that will carry them through the rest of their lives. Their secondary education will help them escape the cycle of poverty they currently face in rural Murang’a.