Background on Kijiji Cha Upendo
Kijiji Cha Upendo is a cooperative of guardians caring for orphaned and abandoned children. Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum community, is home to more than 100,000 orphans. These children suffer extreme poverty and have almost no access to school or health care, let along the love and care they need to thrive. Therefore there is a great need for families who can provide loving homes. They formed Kijiji Cha Upendo (Swahili for “Village of Love”) as a support group to increase their capacity as parents and as breadwinners. Apart from a place to call home, orphans also need an education. So, Kijiji Cha Upendo also began to fundraise in order to provide an education for the children. Currently they are 30 families, caring for 140 children, orphaned and biological.
The CAP Network has been working with Kijiji Cha Upendo since 2011, through the Village of Love Canada Solidarity Community. Our partnership supports Kijiji Cha Upendo’s work with caregivers to AIDS-orphans and funds school fees for children. Additionally we are working with Kijiji Cha Upendo to develop their governance, financial and project management capacity.
The CAP Network is working with Kijiji Cha Upendo to expand their network of caregivers and ensure that families caring for orphans are able to earn enough money, provide the additional care orphans need and support school fees for all the children in their care. This year, we are also working together to train women in handicrafts as a new income project. This year expanding they have also expended their support of education to support older youth in Vocational Training.