Upendo Orphanage

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Blessing (Blah Blee)

  • I was born January 5, 2013 and left at Upendo Center 60 minutes later. The next day a young boy checked on me and left some information, never to return.
  • I love school.
  • I love to cooking.
  • My best friend is Eveylne.
  • I help with Mercy.
  • I like to pretend I am a mother.
  • I am always singing and dancing.
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Steven

  • I came to Upendo when I was about 1 ½ years old.
  • My mom was an HIV small group friend of Evelyn. She died of AIDS.
  • I was born HIV Positive and today I am HIV Negative.
  • My job at the Center is to carry the plates and cups after the meals and to play with Blessing and Tracy.
  • My best friends are Lincon and Joyline.
  • I do well in school.
  • I am always smiling.
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Lincon (Linco)

  • I do not know what my birthdate is.
  • I live at Upendo Center with my brother Lucky.
  • The Chief delivered me and Lucky to Upendo after we saw our Dad beat our mother to death and then hang himself.
  • People refer to Lucky and me as “the twins”.
  • I am very good in school and I love Math.
  • I help serve the food at the Center.
  • I have many toy airplanes and want to be a Pilot.
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Loreen

  • My birthdate is July 7,2000.
  • I attend boarding school in Kakamega with Brian. I love to come back to the Center on breaks.
  • I love Social Studies.
  • I want to be a Pilot.
  • I love to wash and iron the household clothes.
  • Before I came to the center, I was a house girl, they abused me…I had to sleep outside.
  • I survived 8 years of beatings until Evelyne found me.
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Ignishus (Ike)

  • My birthdate is April 21, 2004.
  • I love Math and Science.
  • I hope to be an Engineer.
  • My best friend is Brian.
  • I am very responsible and look after all the kids at the Center.
  • I was 2 years old when I came to Upendo Center.
  • My Grandmother brought me to Upendo for daycare and never came back. She changed her phone and where she lived. Her house had been burned down.
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Lucky

  • I do not know what my birthdate is.
  • I live at Upendo Center with my brother Lincon.
  • The Chief delivered me and Lincon to Upendo after we saw our Dad beat our mother to death and then hang himself.
  • I am very good in school. Writing is my favorite subject.
  • My best friend is Joyline
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Evelyne (Nasimyu)

  • I am Milicah’s daughter.
  • I was found with my mother alongside a slum path watching her miscarry. I was 10 months old.
  • I love school.
  • My best friend is Blessing.
  • I love to draw.
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Tracy (Kirku)

  • My Birthdate is April 12, 2013.
  • I am Gowen’s daughter. Evelyn is my Grandmother.
  • I love singing and dancing.
  • My best friends are Blessing and Everlyne.
  • I always get my hair done because my mother loves to do it.
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Kamou

  • My mother died while giving birth to me in 2011.
  • Despair overcame my father and he threatened to kill me. A Social Worker intervened and brought me to the Center. I was 3 months old.
  • My father and 3 brothers visit on occasion and they receive food and school assistance from Upendo. I am so tiny and still very small.
  • I love to smile.
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Joyline (Akinny)

  • I was born February 6, 2011.
  • My mother did not want me and there is no information on my father.
  • My aunt brought me to Upendo Daycare Center and never came back to pick me up. I had malaria, TB and am HIV positive.
  • I have been living at the Center since I was about 18 mos old.
  • Because I am HIV positive, I take Arv’s (HIV medicine).
  • I love English.
  • I want to be a nurse.
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David

  • My birthdate is unknown, probably sometime in 2010.
  • I was found locked in a house and hadn’t had food for 2 weeks.
  • I had to eat my waste. When I was found I was taken to the hospital. BODG saved my life.
  • My father is mentally ill.
  • I have extremes in my behavior – extremely happy or extremely sad.
  • I have seizures so I need to remain calm.
  • Everyone in the house takes care of me.
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Bryan (Bravo)

  • I was born July 3, 2000.
  • I am Evelyn’s youngest of three children.
  • My favorite subject in school is History.
  • I help with the children and watch over the Center’s supplies and food.
  • I am a very good football (soccer) player.
  • I hope to be a Civil Lawyer.
  • Whenever I am at the Center there is always laughter.
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Vivian (Daisy)

  • My birthdate is January 6, 2012.
  • Evelyn cared for my dying Mom until she passed away of HIV. No one wanted me except Mama Ingosi.
  • My father was shocked by the death of my mother and is jobless, sick, and confused. He is also mentally ill.
  • I have 2 brothers: Bryan and Justus, who both eat at the Center. BODG pays their school fees.
  • I love to sing and dance.
  • My best friend is daycare helper, Velmah.
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Moses (Favor)

  • My birthdate is February 3, 2016.
  • Evelyne found me inside a green garbage bag in the Kawangware the same day.
  • I was in the hospital for seven days.
  • I am very strong and I very rarely get sick.
  • I love to smile and I am one of the Center’s favorites.
  • I am very close to Evelyn Ingosi.
  • I love to dance.
  • I help with Mercy.
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Milicah

  • I was born August 29, 1996.
  • I am Evelyn Ingosi's right hand helper; I shop for food and clothes and watch over the sale of water.
  • Evelyne found me miscarrying on a dirt road.
  • I have a daughter, Evelyn, named after Evelyne Ingosi. I also take care of Mercy.
  • I would like to design clothes.

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Gowen (Ashanti) Ingosi

  • I was born July 19, 1996.
  • I am Evelyn’s middle child.
  • Tracy is my child, a result of a school rape by a teacher. I immediately left school.
  • I am in Cosmetology school right now.
  • I supervise the Center.
  • I make sure that there is always food and supplies.
  • I try to make sure everyone is happy.
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Emmanuel (Manoo)

  • I’ve been at the orphanage since I was 6 months old.
  • My mother went mad and so I was living with my grandmother. My grandmother had been trying to hide me from his father’s side of the family. They are not good people.
  • I have no father and no siblings.
  • I am a good student. I love school, especially Math.
  • I hope to be an Engineer.
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Bryan

  • I am Vivian’s brother.
  • I love Social Studies.
  • I want to be a Doctor.
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Mercy (Angel)

  • I was found on Oct 9, 2017 alongside a Kawangware Slum path, right before the dogs did!
  • I was about 3 hours old, laying in a dirty wrap; I still had blood on me. I am probably the result of a relative rape.
  • Evelyn found me and took me to the hospital. I was on oxygen for 10 days. I also had jaundice.
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Wenslaus (Wensy)

  • I showed up at Upendo Center one day and stayed!
  • I love to sing.
  • I want to play the guitar and be a musician.
  • My best subject is Math.
  • I am always first or second in my class.
  • I care for the Upendo dogs.
  • I make sure the kids all finish their homework.
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Rachel

  • My birthdate is January 18 2002.
  • I am Natasha’s sister.
  • I am Evelyn Ingosi’s granddaughter from her oldest child.
  • I live at Upendo with my sister, Natasha.
  • I was abandon by my mother. My father married someone else and left us.
  • I love Christian Education in school.
  • I help by making beds.
  • My favorite food is Ugali.
  • I am faster than all the boys
  • I love football, I know I am the best!

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Natasha (Nato)

  • My birthdate is July 29.
  • I am Evelyn Ingosi’s granddaughter from her oldest child.
  • I live at Upendo with my sister, Rachel.
  • I was abandoned by my mother. My father married someone else and left us.
  • My job at the Center is to take care of the diapers.
  • I want to be a pilot.
  • I love Science.
  • People say I am very humble.
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