Kijiji Cha Upendo (Village of Love) is a grassroots organization in the slum community of Kibera, Kenya, that enhances the efforts of orphan caregivers to provide material support for their children and keep them in school. The Village of Love orphan care model offers an alternative to orphanages by providing community support to adopt children orphaned after the loss of parents through HIV/AIDS in families that love them as their own children.
Pictured L to R: Linda Levin, Julie Ginter, Janet MacFadyen, Cath MacKeil, Andrew Obara (husband of Leonora), and Laura Rossall.
The Village of Love was started by Leonora and Andrew Obara. This generous couple adopted 10 children while also raising five biological children. They inspired others to welcome AIDS orphans into their families and created a community network of support. Currently, in 2019, the project embraces 90 families, caring for over 600 children.
On October 9th, guests at WICC listened to a very inspirational presentation on Kijiji Cha Upendo by Linda Levin, former minister at Runnymede United Church. Unfortunately, Leonora was not able to attend but her husband, Andrew, shared many stories about their uplifting story of hope.
Kijiji Cha Upendo received a $4,750 World Day of Prayer grant in 2018. You can read more about this grant story at wicc.org.