Kijiji Cha Upendo
"Kijiji Cha Upendo" translated from Swahili means "village of love." This community-based organization in Kenya is working to complement the physical and emotional support that families are providing to orphans and other vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. They are building the capacity of these families to cope by the economic empowerment of women.
Grant Program: World Day of Prayer
Year of Grant: 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $4,700
Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project is a community-based organization in Kenya working to enhance the efforts of families in the Kibera slum who provide physical and emotional support to orphans and other vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. With this family-based approach, children receive nurturing care by loving adults within family homes.
The project strategy was to use community resources like social supports, knowledge exchange, and informal oversight to help women connect with one another. Mentorship, home visits, counselling and emotional support for women and their children are also included in this program.
Within this framework project facilitators provided ongoing training in small business management for 28 women. Kijiji Cha Upendo also provided startup capital to these women for new income-generating activities.