Bar Union StudentsThe Umoja Project focuses on education and addressing the obstacles that prevent orphaned and vulnerable children from attending school.
David and JosephCongregations and schools in central Indiana work with congregations and schools in western Kenya to address the needs of vulnerable children. Reverend David Berry, Global Interfaith Partnership board chair, and Joseph Okuya, Umoja Project coordinator, are close friends and partners.
GET UP GirlsAdolescent girls enjoy time together at a Girls Empowerment Team event, where students focus on goal-setting and making healthy choices.
Primary school classroomThe Umoja Project provides school uniforms, funding for testing and school supplies and other support for vulnerable young students.
Link TeachersLink teachers, such as Alice Osango, provide a vital connection to the orphaned and vulnerable children served by the Umoja Project.
School Lunch 2013The Umoja Project provides school lunch for more than 3,000 students in 18 primary schools.
Maliera GirlsThe Umoja Project provides feminine hygiene products to girls so that they can continue to attend school.
Global Interfaith SistersWomen from Chulaimbo, Kenya lead the Girls Empowerment Team of Umoja Project (GET UP).
Mawego GirlsThese Umoja scholars are boarding students at Mawego Girls Secondary School. Female students face even greater challenges as they work toward a high school education. Boarding school offers an opportunity to focus on school, without concerns about personal safety and caring for family members.
House Mudding 2013Umoja staff and volunteers assist in building a new home for a local family.
House Celebration 2013Joyous singing and dancing marked the completion of the house framing and mudding.
Kuoyo Mixed Secondary School StudentsUmoja scholars are among the top performing students in their class and are leaders in their schools.
Florence and GrandmaFlorence was raised by her grandmother following the death of her parents. She has graduated from high school and is planning to begin university studies.
Renny and Family 2013Renny lives with her siblings and grandparents. She is currently in high school.
Kuoyo Soccer GroupUmoja students from Kuoyo Mixed Secondary School played soccer with visiting American students.
Listening to one another Learning from each other Working together
Extreme poverty and the AIDS pandemic ravaged rural western Kenya. In many schools, 50% of the students have lost one or both parents to the disease. Surviving family members struggle to provide even basic necessities for the children.
The Global Interfaith Partnership’s Umoja Project brings together congregations, schools and families from both Indiana and Chulaimbo to respond to the needs of Chulaimbo’s vulnerable children.