UPENDO WETU supports its participants and their families through important life events as a community. For example UPENDO WETU visits new arrivals at homes to assist them with integration.
UPENDO WETU also organises family activities which encourage it’s participants to integrate with and get to know UK society. For example day trips to popular UK cultural and leisure facilities.
Similarly, we also support our participants with interpretation and translation of languages, filling forms on their behalf, reading letters and making calls to different offices on their behalf, advisory services, housing, benefits, schools, health services, community transportation and trips, empowering women, self-sustainable (youth development, to prepare them for getting jobs), etc...
Upendo Wetu has 2 groups of music: The Upendo Crew and Debora Kamsi
1. The Upendo Crew is a worldwide music organised by Mr. Ezra Kitungano. This group is growing gradually and young people are increasing their skills.
2. Debora Kamsi is a Christian or a gospel choir group which is gathering christian singers from different churches or religions and they all enjoy and increasing their talents by joining this Christian musical group.
Football teams, sewing classes, gospel or Christian ministries, general social events, food, hair dressing, supporting people affected by wars, hunger & different diseases, ESOL for citizenship & driving, Arts & culture, Film & movies, House to house collection.
UPENDO WETU seeks to have its own studio in order to run its two music groups for people to make recordings and gain experience and skills in music. The studio will also help young people from our organisation and help all our participants to be able to get involved with making films and movies. In order to make this happened, we prefer to buy a studio container which comes with a full studio and filming equipment.
UPENDO WETU also seeks to create its own events every year to celebrate important cultural dates.
These include Christmas events, a New Year event and 30th June Congolese Independence Day celebration. These will be open events and we will encourage people of all backgrounds to join us and learn more about Congolese culture.
We want to organise IT courses and ESOL classes for helping our participants to speak a basic English that will allow them applying and being able to do the jobs. i.e. many people from our group enjoy doing care jobs into home care centers but, with their limited English they cannot pass the tests and also they cannot communicate with patients as well as nurses and many more at job place. This affection is not only on care jobs itself but to other jobs as well.
We also need to raise money in order to employ a Project Coordinator and run the new activities.