Upendo Children’s Education and Rehabilitation Centre in Huruma, Starehe Constituency, is a community-based children’s project that was established in 2001 with the aim of providing community-centered solutions to the numerous social and economic problems facing members of the communities within the slums of Kiamaiko, Kambi Moto, and Madova. The centre is recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Complementary Schools Association of Kenya(CSAK) and follows the Guidelines for Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET Guidelines).
According to research conducted by local NGOs, major contributing factors to absenteeism and withdrawal from education by pupils in the region included insufficient dietary needs, prohibitive school fees, lack of uniforms, and limited learning materials. These challenges directly affect enrollment, attendance, and retention rates for affected children, thus encouraging engagement in vices and anti-social behavior. Currently, the centre caters for a total of 132 children, including 63 girls and 69 boys.
Lotto Foundation, in keeping with the centre’s motto ‘working for a better tomorrow’, has assisted the centre in the acquisitionof suitable tables and chairs for children between the ages of 3 and 6 as the current benches do notprovide adequate back support and can lead to injury and interruption of classes. In addition, the Foundation provided learning materials for both pupils and teachers and provided support for the Centre’s feeding programme. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 982,950 to the centre.