About Upendo

upendoUpendo’s name means “Love” in Swahili and she is full of it! Upendo is always smiling and laughing. She was born in 1999 and raised in the village of Same. Her mother’s name was Stella and her father’s name was Elliabu. Both of Upendo’s parents died when Upendo was very young. Upendo is the youngest of four children and has three brothers. Her best experience with MAD was going to the TPC sugar factory for an educational trip to visit a local business to see how it operates. She likes swimming and history is one of her favorite subjects.

Upendo is very mature for her age and would like to be a business woman when she grows up! She wants to visit Idaho to see where Mama Theresa was born and her dream for her country is to educate other children like her in Tanzania.

Read Upendo’s Blog for updates on her grades, recent activities, items she received from MAD, and goals for the future.

Consider helping Upendo achieve her dreams by helping sponsor her! 
Upendo’s schooling is currently being paid for this year, but she has many years of schooling ahead of her and needs more sponsorship. Upendo is currently attending the Royal Junior Secondary School in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. She will graduate from secondary school the Fall of 2018, attend advance level school from 2019 to 2020 and then go to college.

Levels of Sponsorship
Full sponsorship of $2,000 includes:
– Sponsorship of the child of your choice.
– Certificate of sponsorship.
– Profile of your chosen child.
– Skype update from your sponsored child each month. *Calls must be scheduled in advance.
– One letter every six months.
– Updates from the child on their personal blog.

Partial sponsorship: $400 includes:
– Sponsorship of the child of your choice.
– Profile of your chosen child.
– Skype update from your sponsored child.
– One letter every year.
– Updates from the child on their personal blog.

Sponsorship Options


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14 Responses

  1. Olga Tsoudis

    Dear Upendo, I am enjoying your blog! Thank you for the letter. I am glad you had fun at your birthday party. Stephanos and I were so happy when Mamma Theresa told us about the pool party and ice cream. You have beautiful photos. I hope you are enjoying boarding school. Thank you for sharing your grades. We think of you often and hope to Skype soon. We are very proud of you. Hugs!!! Olga

  2. Olga Tsoudis

    Of course, Stephanos and I always think about you. I just went to Greece to visit my parents. Do you know where Greece is? Please look at a map/globe. I am glad that you are doing well and that boarding school is fun. Hugs and smiles! Olga

  3. Olga Tsoudis

    Dear Upendo! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. We are so very proud of you. We think about you often. We hope all is going well in school. Big hugs, Olga and Stephanos

  4. Asante sana Mama Olga and Baba Stephanos! I remember you both and think about you! I am happy graduation is coming. We have been receiving tutoring to get ready for upcoming exam. I am trying my level best. Love, Upendo

  5. Olga

    HI Upendo! Good luck with the tutoring. We know you will be very successful on your exams. Send us a photo of your graduation. Love, Olga and Stephanos

  6. Kate

    Upendo! I am so happy to have found out about this blog that you are writing! Great posts! Congratulations on graduating Primary at Royal School and I know you will do terrific in Secondary. It’s exciting that you’ll be staying at boarding with the other students. Be sure to pass my greetings along to the other kids, Pina and to students and staff at Royal. I miss you all very much, sending big hugs!! xo

  7. Olga Tsoudis

    Upendo, It was wonderful to see you on Skype. We are so proud of you. We hope you enjoy your holidays. Thank you for the photo of you researching Greece. Hugs, Olga and Stephanos

  8. Hi Upendo,
    Congratulations on your graduation and your good grades in English. I’m sorry you have a cold and hope Pina’s ginger tea will help you get over it quickly. A walking safari and going to Kenya sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I’m glad you enjoyed it. You sound excited for for boarding school in January. I know you will do well. Keep smiling… I love those dimples (which remind me of my sister’s dimples). I’m looking forward to seeing you and your dimples again when I return next year.

    Many blessings,

  9. Olga Tsoudis

    HI Upendo
    We hope you are doing well!!! How did you like our video that we made for your birthday? We hoped you liked it.
    How is school? We are doing well. I am off from work in the summer. We are going to Greece and Cyprus
    to visit our relatives. We leave on June 19th. It is really hot in Arizona where we live. I have been reading a
    lot of books since I am not working during the summer months here. I hope to hear how you are doing. Hugs and kisses,

  10. Upendo

    Asante sana for the video, Mama Olga! I saw your video. Did you see mine? School is going well!
    Please greet Baba Stephanos for me.

    Love to you,

    Upendo : )

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