Upendo Daycare and Academy
The day care, which opened its doors in August 2018, looks forward to accommodate more homeless children from street families, and the vulnerable in order to enhance the health of these children, safety and protection. The initiative enhances the efforts of breaking the street families cycle, with the mothers being as leading ambassadors.
Empowering the mothers through day care for the babies, skills training and putting up small business, relieves the burden of carrying the babies in hot sun or rain while begging, or looking for food in whichever means, sometimes they are used for drug trafficking It takes, a blue uniform hot meals.love and a toy for these babies to enjoy life in the daycare, learning becomes part of fun.
Sniffing glue is common to these young mothers that assist the kids to sniff to curb hunger and fall asleep.
The increase in homelessness and street families is alarming.
This leads to insecurity in Africa, in return the youth and children involved directly or indirectly go through challenges that threaten their lives through hunger, exposure to drugs, human trafficking, sexual abuse.
Radicalization is also a threat.
The daycare has evolved over the past 2 years to become Upendo Daycare and academy. We currently have 50 children enrolled from Kindergarten – Grade 2.
- Goals and objectives of school –
- 1. Provide quality education to the street children to break the cycle of school dropouts
- 2. Provide Day care services to families
- 3. Provide Health and Nutrition nourishment for the street children through a feeding program
- 4. Provide psychosocial support system to the students
Dealing with Covid-19
As the world continues to face the Corona virus pandemic, the street families in Masaku, Ruiru in Kenya have not been spared. Kenya has instituted strict measures ton reduce movement in a bid to slow down the spread of the disease. With low testing capacities and a challenged health care system, the government is not taking to chance and has given strict measures that have restrained movement and asking the people to practice social distancing by staying at home. This has left many with residents of Masaku with no income and facing under and starvation. Click this link to read more on how you can get involved to help these street families access a daily meal.