July 2018

Two Kenyan women standing up with a group of others seated around them.

Celebrating our Community Leaders, Parents and Donors on International Day of Friendship

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on July 30, 2018

Today is recognized as the United Nation’s International Day of Friendship, and as I travel back from Kenya, I think of the unique relationships formed between people of diverse backgrounds in this work. This is exemplified in the parent support group meeting we held a couple days ago. The parent leaders of 13 different disability…



Five Kenyan children standing outside of a building together.

September 15 Info Session: Come Learn about our Upcoming Trips to Kenya and Kilimanjaro!

by Kupenda

  • Posted on July 19, 2018

On Saturday, September 15, we’ll be hosting an information session for people who want to learn more about our two upcoming trips: December 28 – January 8: Hike Mount Kilimanjaro alongside children with disabilities (see more trip info here) January 6 – 16: Visit Kenya to see Kupenda’s work and meet the children we support…



A mural on the side of a building showing a group of children playing and jumping rope.

Celebrating Emmanuel’s Life-Saving, Community-Changing Transformation on International Justice Day

by Kupenda

  • Posted on July 17, 2018

On International Justice Day, July 17, we celebrate 3-year old Emmanuel, whose recent improvements not only changed his life but also showed his community that he is valuable, capable, and worth of love. Two months ago, if you had told Alex Mchengo that his son would soon be gaining weight, holding utensils, and preparing to…



Three Kenyan adults seated at a table looking at papers.

Community Leaders as Advocates and Design Partners in Disability Inclusion

by Kupenda

  • Posted on July 11, 2018

Twenty years ago an American graduate student traveled to Kenya to study wildlife biology but returned home with much more than her field notes. Over the next few years, Cynthia Bauer’s exposure to disability injustices in Kenya and her own experiences living with a disability would propel her to found Kupenda for the Children alongside…



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