Upendo is an orphanage maintained by Catholic nuns in Moshi. At the orphanage, there are 28 workers and 46 children. The youngest children are infants and the oldest are under 7 years old. Most of the children have been abandoned by their parents. Some of the children are handicapped and they need special care, since the local workers do not have enough time to cater to their needs.
Upendo orphanage doesn’t get any kind of financial support from the public sector which means that it fully depends on private donations. The orphanage maintains a farm on which it keeps pigs, cows and chickens to earn more money for the orphanage and provide food for the children.
The working day at Upendo starts around 9 o’clock in the morning and ends when the kids are going to the nap around 1pm. Because the orphanage is situated very near to the volunteer house, a 30-40 minute walk or 10 mins taxi ride, it is possible to go back to work in the afternoon when the kids have woke up. The daily program at the orphanage contains playing with the kids, changing their diapers and clothes and feeding them.
There is also a nursery school at Upendo for the kids and a school for nursery school teachers. In the nursery school the kids are learn; numbers, the alphabet, colours, days of the week, months, greetings, reading, writing and other skills needed at primary school. Volunteer can work 5-7 days a week.
Upendo orphanage offers internship placements for students in field of social studies. The interns are allowed to wear their own clothes while working in Upendo, but shoulders, stomach and knees need to be covered all the time. Skirts or trousers that come below your knees and t-shirts are allowed.
Khuba Nursery Schools
Volunteers can work in the Nursery school and teach the kids of under age 6. The subjects taught at the Nursery are; English speaking and writing, children’s songs, sports, drawing and many other activities. The working days are Monday to Friday. The school is located in Soweto, Moshi.