School In Need

 

Upendo Education Centre

In the year 2004 Yuvenalis Nyaingero had a vision and mission of improving the living standard of the young children through education so that they can become self reliant leaders of tomorrow. Since then Nyaingero started an initiative called upendo educational center being one of the project under AIC (African Inland Church) Upend mathare north area three.

Mr. Nyaigero says that due to poverty, rapid population growth, HIV& AIDS, post election violence, unwanted pregnancies,displaced children,orphans,gender base violence, inadequate space of admission in government primary school, this what forced him to start an initiative of giving young hopeless and street children education in a small ghetto of mathare north.

The institution only survive with church contribution, school fee  which is being paid able parent, and offering which is not enough to sustain to pay teacher and later develop the institution from its current state.

Here are some of the problems facing Upendo Education Centre

  • Toilets:-Upendo Education Center has got only one toilet which is being used both by community living around who some of them are sick, drunkered some of the children have contracted disease in their private parts.
  • Water:-the institution has got no point teacher relies on water which is being transported by cartels at a price of thirty shilling per jerrican.
  • Teachers:-with more than one hundred and fifty children upendo educational center has got only six teachers.
  • Medical facilities
  • Infrastructure:-The church works as class for than one hundred and fifty children their is no partition to separate them if you are out side you may think that their seminar going on the church.
  • Food -Due to poverty half of the children in Upendo Educational Center come to school every day hungry, teacher have to look for other means so that they can assist hungry pupils since they can no read or concentrate on hungry stomach
  • Lack of proper playing ground
  • Security its very poor
  • Lack of Staff room
  • Reading and writing materials, Library

 

Toilet at the center

Any person willing to help improve the living standard street children, orphans, displaced children of Upendo Educational Center you are allowed to do so because they are the future leaders of tomorrow.

– Javin

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3 Comments to “School In Need”

  1. Thanks again;It’s a great exploration.I believe that a able person will read this and give a helping hand.May God bless you

  2. As much as we must highlight the needs of Upendo Education Centre and the people who work together there to help children, let us also celebrate its strengths. In my experience, home-grown, grassroots-up organizations like Upendo start because local leaders are responding to problems in their community with undying commitment and resourcefulness. The strengths and assets that community-based organizations like Upendo already have are their deep contextual knowledge of the problems facing children and their families, their rootedness in the community itself, and the ability to operate in a responsive manner to local needs using local resources. These are strengths that large NGOs and donors lack.

    Yet the sad reality continues; community-based organizations are not the drivers of development, nor the setters of priorities, nor the controllers of resources. While local non-profits may lack the accountability mechanisms and sophisticated procedures that would make them more recognizable or esteemed in the aid sector, it’s time for everyone to recognize that organizations like Upendo have important competencies and strengths that distinguish them from other civil society actors.

    A Save the Children UK report entitled “Bottlenecks and Dripfeeds” discusses the issues that stop the smooth flow of funds to support these indigenous, community-level initiatives. These are:
    –Providing resources to communities is not taken seriously at global and national levels.
    –Current risk-averse funding mechanisms do not allow for resource ‘flows’ that reach community-based organizations.
    –Donors and governments are not held accountable for spending to support community initiatives.

    We all know there is a large discrepancy between the resources that are mobilized or acquired by donors, governments and international organizations for global development, and what percentage of the money actually reaches communities and families. We can always talk about more money, but unfortunately, until the aid delivery system changes to meet their needs, local groups will be competing for often scarce and ineffective resources.

    Thus, an important question for me is: How can funding and reporting mechanisms be altered to shave the layers of bureaucracy that each take their share of the funding before it reaches the community level?

    In the meantime, keep going Upendo and bringing hope to children, whether outside resources are available or not!

  3. I neglected to mention that there are two posts on my blog that may offer some fundraising advice for Upendo:
    1) Waiting for Pennies from Heaven – http://www.how-matters.org/2010/10/05/waiting-for-pennies/
    (contains a list of fundraising resources for small organizations in the developing world)
    2) Small is Beautiful…Grants, That Is – http://www.how-matters.org/2011/01/13/small-grants-part-2/
    (contains list of international grantmakers that make small grants)

    Upendo may also want to contact the Kenya Community Development Foundation – http://kcdf.or.ke/
    Best wishes!

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