We received notice that the NGO Undugu Vriendenkring Nederland, that has supported the Undugu Society of Kenya for decades, was disincorporated earlier this month:
“Although our target organization Undugu Society of Kenya still exists and continues its activities for the underprivileged in the slums of Kenya under the leadership of a new director Eric Mukoya, we saw no opportunity to provide meaningful support to it as an association any longer. However, informal contacts will remain. I regret that the project in Mathare Valley Nairobi that we talked about never went ahead. Looking back, the cause was the difficult turbulent period of our cooperation partner Undugu Society of Kenya. The Slumfighters plan seemed to give us an opening for a new effective approach to renovation plans. It wasn’t supposed to be that way.”
This week we got notice that the USK has a new director and he was directly inquired about the Undugu Oasis project by de Undugu Vriendenkring. His response was positive!
The Idea to improve the Mathare hall at the Mathare Valley site is highly welcome. The Hall is still dilapidated and any effort towards renovations would help USK utilize this facility as an income generating activity and eventually the cash would help sustain some children in the UBEU School in view of phasing out of KNH support.
One of the local partners for the Undugu Oasis project experiences some struggles that will cause delay of the project. We received word from the interim director:
“Sorry for not getting back you earlier with regard to our application. I would like to suggest that we push this to next year if that is okay to enable us deal with some internal reorganization. It will be much clearer then the direction Undugu will take with regard to UBEU Mathare. Please note that we are still committed to this project which we believe will greatly add value to Undugu’s work.”