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Improving the lives of children with disabilities
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Improving the lives of children with disabilities
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Improving the lives of children with disabilities

What We Do

 

There are 580 million children with disabilities and 80% live in developing nations. Most of these children are neglected, abused, and excluded from community life.

Each year, Kupenda trains thousands of families, youth, and leaders as disability advocates. These advocates then help 70,000 children with disabilities access the education, medical care, and inclusion they deserve.

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Advocacy Programs

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Education Programs

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Medical Programs

How Is Kupenda Different?

We Don’t Ship Supplies Oversees

We support the local economy by sourcing supplies within the countries we work.

We Don’t Exclude

As a Christian organization, we strive to be like Jesus, and so we serve all people, no matter their religion or beliefs.

We Don’t Fundraise Alone

Our Kenyan partners raise 10-30% of our program costs each year through local fundraisers and campaigns.

We Don’t Lead Alone

Our partner organization in Kenya is run by local professionals who tailor programs and service delivery for their culture, in their language, and according to existing needs and realities.

We Don’t Lecture

Our training and events are designed around discussions and exercises that allow participants to learn from one another. They then craft time-bound plans that are tailored to their local context and driven by their personal conviction.

What Else Can I Do To Help?

Recent News and Stories

Honoring a Leader in the Disability Community

Last month, Kupenda’s Kenyan staff mourned the loss of Bernard Mwamuye, a passionate teacher and prominent disability advocate in Kilifi County, Kenya. Bernard was an officer at the Education Assessment and Research Center (EARC), which helps identify the nature and severity of children’s disabilities in order to best meet their educational needs. Bernard also collaborated…

Empowering Ruth: Community Support and Advocacy

For many children with disabilities like Ruth, their experiences and opportunities are largely determined by their community’s prevailing beliefs about disability. In many low- and middle-income countries, disabilities are often attributed to witchcraft or curses. This perception leads to mistreatment, social exclusion, and, tragically, even fatalities. To address this harmful stigma, organizations like Kupenda organize…

Andrew’s Story: Small Things That Lead to a Large Impact

For children with disabilities like Andrew, the difference between a life of mistreatment and isolation versus one of love and inclusion is often due to beliefs surrounding disability within their community. In many low- and middle-income countries, disabilities are believed to be the result of witchcraft or a curse, leading to abuse, abandonment, and, at…