Children of Upendo Village Sponsorship Program

The Mission of Children of Upendo Village Sponsorship Program (CUSP)

The mission of the CUSP is to provide the children of Upendo Village with funding for their educational, nutritional, and medical needs so that these children can live with dignity,
self-esteem, and compassion to become productive citizens of Kenya.


Who are the Children of CUSP?

Many of the children of Upendo Village have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Some of these children are HIV-positive as well. The children in CUSP range in age from 3 ½ to 20 years old.

They are frequently being raised by other family members who may not be able to afford to take care of them or send them to school. Consequently, these children are receiving an intermittent education.


About Us

Karen Claeys and Mary Rittmann are both retired teachers whose children are grown.
This is their account of how CUSP got started: "One evening in 2006, we attended a talk given
by Sr. Florence Muia. She explained and showed with a photo-laden PowerPoint presentation how HIV and AIDS were affecting the people in Kenya. Upendo Village was her vision to address this epidemic.

We heard Sr. Florence say that the children of these families are often prohibited from attending school, owing to the poverty of their family (sick people cannot work), the need
for many children to care for their sick parents or the need for eldest children to raise younger siblings where both parents have died, which is a common situation there.

We listened in total silence. When Sr. Florence was finished, we turned to one another.
I heard myself say to her, "We're going there, aren't we." And I heard her respond simply, "Yes."

How To Contact CUSP
If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact:

Mary Rittman                       Karen Claeys
630-913-2004                       630-373-3013
mritt49@yahoo.com             kpclaeys@gmail.com 

Primary School
Secondary School
Trade School or College
  • School fees for one year
  • Medical care for one year
  • Room and board for one year


ANNUAL TOTAL: $696
100% of your donation goes towards direct support of the sponsored child.

  • School fees for one year
  • Room and board for one year



AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL: $2,000
100% of your donation goes towards direct support of the sponsored child.

  • School fees for one year
  • Medical care for one year
  • Food for the entire family for one year

ANNUAL TOTAL: $828
100% of your donation goes towards direct support of the sponsored child.


The process begins when you select a child to sponsor. You will receive the child's photograph and biographical information. After your sponsorship donation is received, you can begin writing to your child. In return, you will receive school progress reports and letters whenever possible.

Sponsor a child of Upendo Village- $828 Yearly Child Sponsorship:






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