She decided to help children (afflicted by HIV/AIDS or its social impact)
UPENDO CHILDREN REHABILITATION CENTRE (UCRC) was founded in 1997 and registered as an NGO in 1999.
In 2000 the group realized that a group of orphans was extremely vulnerable. It became imperative to save these orphans by providing accommodation. The local government kindly provided a piece of land in Central Kenya, Murang'a District, for this purpose.
In 2002 Upendo, with the help of local community managed to construct basic facilities e.g. a dormitory for 20 children, toilets, a bathroom and a kitchen.
On 1st October 2002 the first intake of 7 orphans aged between 8 months and 3-years took place.
Since 2002, Upendo has expanded to become home to 40 orphan girls and a primary school for 87 additional local children.
Over the years, she provides 40 orphan girls with food, clothing, medication, love & nurturing and also an education
15 years later, despite difficulties, financial stress, setbacks and many crises, Eunice managed to lead 19 girls to a secondary education (Only 48% of girls in Kenya attend secondary school. Among orphans, the statistic drops even further)
Naturally, along the way the support of like-minded people was crucial, with a special mention to East Africa Children's Hope (EACH) and its founders Melanie Dascenzo and Melissa Budnick.
So now we need to help supporting 8 more girls, who are going to reach secondary school next year !
They need individual sponsors or a Team of sponsors, you can also create an event for them!
The girls are:
Esther Gatumbi ; Martha Wambui, ; Jane Njoki ; Pauline Muthoni ; Ann Wangari ; Joyce Mugure ; Veronica Njambi ; Linet Waithira.
See our pictures!
We received letters from the girls :
See some extracts from the letters from Esther and Martha:
Esther Gatumbi, want to go to Unervisity to become a surgeon,and help others
"I would like you to sponsor me from form one to University. The reason as to why I want to reach from that level to the last one, is that I want to attain my goals. I would like to be a surgeon when I grow up. And for that, I will be able to help my siblings, other orphans and you too.
“Martha 14 years old” want to help people”
"How is the weather at your home ? Is it rainy or sunny ? Is your place green or dry ? "................................................"I would like to continue with my studies until University and get a better job and assist many people who are hopeless and don't have people to take care of them"
Structure of the Kenyan education system
Kenya’s education system is divided into three stages: primary, secondary and higher education. Primary education starts at the age of six, lasts for eight years and is organised in three stages: lower primary (ages 6-8 or grade 1-3), middle (9-10 or grades 4-5) and upper primary (ages 11-13 or grades 6-8). Secondary education lasts four years (ages 14-17 or form 1-4).