Tenda Wema are located in Kitengela – a town in Kajiado County about 30km from the Nairobi Metropolitan area. They first began meeting when they recognised that many refugee children in their community were struggling to access an education. They pulled resources together and sent a few students to school. When the need increased, Tenda Wema formalised their operations and registered as a community-based organisation in 2020. During the Covid-19 lockdown in Kenya, Tenda Wema actively supported their community by distributing food and sanitary provisions to over one hundred vulnerable refugee families in the area.
As of today, more than three hundred refugee children have benefitted from their scholarship programs. Tenda Wema’s long-term goal is to build a school that will give free education so that refugee children can have a bright future. They have purchased a piece of land in Kitengela and are looking at how best partners can assist them to make this dream a reality. Watch the video to find out more about their story.