It was early Christmas for children and staff at Upendo Children’s Home, in the University’s neighborhood when JKUAT staff and students under the auspices of the 20 Years Celebrations Secretariat visited them Thursday, December, 11. The visit which was part of activities by the Varsity to commemorate 20 years of autonomy put a smile on the faces of minors with donations of food stuff, sanitary towels, clothing, beddings, and fruit seedlings.
On arrival, the JKUAT team led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration Prof. Victoria Ngumi was warmly received by the facility’s Founder Ms. Eunice Menja.
Ms. Menja, a JKUAT alumna, recollected the journey that inspired her to start the sanctuary to cater for the needy children who come from the socially and economically challenged backgrounds.
Menja said, it has been a challenge to cater for the needs of the children and has been able to do so with the support from friends and well wishers, adding she has been able to fundraise as far as the United States of America, to ensure that the children, who comprise orphans, and others who were rescued from the streets, get a place where they can grow like any other children and have a bright future.
“I depend on charity to fundraise, and I thank JKUAT for coming to support these kids,” said the Founder.
Prof. Ngumi who represented the Vice Chancellor, touched by the gallant and inspiring story of the Upendo Children’s Home, lauded the critical role the Home has played in molding the young ones.
The Don said, JKUAT was inspired to visit the children at a time the institution is celebrating two decades since its establishment as a university, as a way of reciprocating the special relationship it has forged with the neighbouring community “to say we are glad we have grown together over the years.”
“We have come to share with the children and to assure them that they are valued and should work hard in their studies,” said Prof. Ngumi
Later, during an interactive session, the talented youngsters wowed the visiting party with a variety of captivating entertainment pieces, ranging from skits, standup comedy, songs and games.
In Prof. Ngumi’s itinerary were Acting Registrar Administration Ms. Susan Murage, Deputy Dean of Students Mr. William Nyariki, and student leaders. JKUAT gained University autonomy in 1994. The climax of the anniversary’s celebrations is set for March, 2015.