Supporting Education in Kenya
UPENDO JUNIOR SCHOOL
In the spirit of Mrs. Landry's generosity, The Landry Learning Center proudly supports Upendo Junior School in Kiminini, Kenya. In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, access to basic education has either stagnated or declined due to war, political violence, structural adjustment, or cost shifting from government to families. As countries in Africa experience drastic reductions in government revenues, spending on education has decreased, higher school fees have been introduced, and subsidies for school supplies and clothing have been reduced. As a result, enrollment in primary and secondary schools has decreased markedly for both boys and girls. To help combat this problem, Dr. Masibo Lumala started Upendo in his home in 2009 following the election violence in Kenya. The school provides tuition-free education to underprivileged children and orphans and seeks to build a community of empowered and active learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. The teachers at Upendo aspire to ensure that every child is inspired and challenged to learn, grow, and achieve. Academic, social, and personal goals are nurtured in a learning environment that enhances self esteem, provides role models, optimizes each child's potential, and fosters a life-long love for learning, compassion, and a sense of belonging. At present, there are 150 students enrolled at Upendo Junior School. Dr. Lumala does not charge school fees, but rather works with his income, support from generous friends both locally and abroad, and local fundraising.