The important thing is not where you are, but what you are doing where you are.
Pendo Kenya e. V.
Pendo means love in Swahili. Love has caused a great chain reaction in our association. Henry Ndurya established the organization Forum for Development Malindi (FDM) in 2003 to support the orphaned and vulnerable children in and around Malindi. Since its founding, Mr. Ndurya and his team have been able to establish and build 20 schools where more than 2,500 children have found refuge. At the moment, half of these schools run on their own, so the FDM currently cares for and runs the remaining 9 schools.
Mr Nduyras' daughter, Joy Reiche, has always been inspired and motivated by his work and dedication, that she founded the non-profit organisation Pendo Kenia in 2011.
Since then, we at Pendo Kenia have two main objectives:
1. Upgrading the nine schools that are currently in urgent need of support in order to become a fully functional all-day school, where all the children’s needs are met. The Environmental Care and use of Natural & Regional Resources is a Must Be in our projects!
2. To convey knowledge to the communities in order to ensure their independence and to prevent poverty and disease.
To achieve this we are working permanently with the FDM. Together we decide which projects should be implemented next in order to achieve our goals. Our tasks are:
Financing of school buildings, washrooms and toilets
Workshops and training for teachers, families and communities
Take a look around our website to see what we have achieved so far and what we are still working on achieving.
The Forum for Orphans in Malindi (FOM)
The Forum for Orphans in Malindi, known as “FOM", was founded in May 2003. The organisation was officially registered by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Social Services in Malindi.
The organisation was started in order to assist the dramatically rising number of poor, orphaned children and those infected with HIV or other sicknesses.
A survey conducted by the Kenyan government in 2004 showed that there were around 18,520 orphaned children around the area of Malindi alone.
The organisation focuses specifically on the needs of these children.
Poverty constitutes a major challenge for community development in African locations. Many families do not have sufficient financial resources to provide for themselves, let alone their children. As a result, the children are often neglected and do not receive the protection they so desperately need and deserve. Some are burdened with too much responsibility because they lack the necessary parental care and are forced to raise siblings or look after a household from a young age.
Poverty creates many problems for the children, their carers and the community and is so often overlooked. This means there are very few efforts to provide for the spiritual, mental and sometimes physical healing these children need.
Another challenge is the number of orphaned children. Some may be taken in by other relatives, but these relatives are usually not able to provide for the welfare of these children. Many children are also suffering from sicknesses and are in urgent need of medical care. These sick children are usually not accepted by other families for fear of possible infection.
Many of the children are traumatized. Often, they have witnessed the death of a parent or have experienced some form of violence. Unfortunately, there is usually no-one in the local community who can help them.
The organisation works in the formof establishing committees in the local communities. Especially when working in the areas outside of the cities. Here people live far away from any help, in a small community on its own. The children of the villages have no means to attend school. Aside from the fact that the school fees would cost too much for them, the distance is too great for them. In many of these villages the FDM has identified the orphaned children and has tried to provide a social worker from the FDM, who tries to look after the children within the family and informs the FDM about the development of the children.
The FDM has signed up more than 3,000 children since 2003 who benefit from the actions of the organisation.
Currently there are 9 day-care centres, whose costs are covered entirely by the FDM. Here, the main objectives are to supply the children with psychological support, basic education, health care and nutrition.
The children spend the whole day at these day-care centres and return in the evenings to their families or guardians.
It is important to FDM that the children are taken care of by their families and guardians after the trauma of their losses and social situations. In an orphanage the children would be removed from their roots, which is not our goal. Often these children need to find their place in life at an early age, and without knowing their roots this would be a problem.
Furthermore, the organisation has farms in the communities. Here, various vegetables such as corn, spinach, tomatoes,potatoes and other things are grown. From these farms FDM delivers food to the schools, So that they do not have to rely on the fluctuating prices at the markets. From the excess produce the communities sell a portion of the food to also sustain themselves.
The families and community often attend training, workshops and community meetings to discussthe topics of children's rights, support concepts of early childhood development and psychological support for the children.
FDM “Together we plant a smile on orphans faces."