What is Upendo Centre

Welcome to the website of Upendo Children's Centre!

Upendo is the home with the sweetest children in this world! Feel free to explore our site and learn about our children's centre, karibu!

Upendo Children's Centre is an orphanage in Nyeri, Kenya. Upendo Children's Centre was founded on February 2007 by the Kenyan Jackson Wachira and the Dutch Tessa Janssen who both previously worked and volunteered in another orphanage in Thika. Jackson Wachira is a social worker in Kenya and Tessa Janssen has a degree in teaching in the Netherlands.

Upendo Children's Centre was founded in February 2007. UCC is catering for children aged between a few months and the age that they leave to live on their own, just like in a regular family. The children are desperately in need of parental care. Most of these children are orphans, others neglected, abused or abandoned by their parents and family members. UCC is offering a shelter, food, clothing, education, health care, guidance, counseling and above all 'Upendo', Love! It also offers guidance and counseling to the parents and relatives and guardians of these children. We keep in good contact with their families.

We also wish to do some rescuing mission, visiting and feeding street families and street children and besides this do field work in the surrounding slums and villages.

Currently UCC is being run by a dedicated team of social workers and teachers:

Board of Directors:

  • Jackson Wachira, Managing Director, Kenya
  • Regina Maina, Assistant manager, Kenya
  • Tessa Janssen, General Manager, The Netherlands
  • Patrick Janssen, Financial Manager, The Netherlands


  • 3 house mothers, Kenya
  • Mama Joe, house nurse, Kenya
  • Teacher, Kenya
  • Stephen Wachira, chef Kenya
  • Ivo Janssen: technology and online fundraising contact, Netherlands

UCC wishes to co-operate and network with the Children's Office, police and the Social work Department of Nyeri District. Also included is the Nyeri Provincial General Hospital, other Children's homes and the society and church around UCC.

We believe our charity work shall make these children responsible and able to positively face the future ahead of them. 


Email address: info@upendocentre.org

Our Kenyan address is:
PO Box 2148, Nyeri, Kenya +254 727408850 (Jackson Wachira)

Our Dutch correspondence address is:
Upendo Children's Centre
t.a.v. Tessa Janssen
Professor Itersonstraat 152 6419 SE Heerlen

The Netherlands +31 645238118 (Tessa Janssen)

For donations use bank account:
NL 13 ABNA 0596 3475 96
Stichting Upendo Children's Centre in Heerlen, The Netherlands

Paypal: upendo.centre@gmail.com (use this email address only for paypal!)