March 2021

Two Kenyan children smile at school in Gede

Results from Kupenda’s Life-Saving Covid-19 Emergency Response Interventions

by mmcmurray

  • Posted on March 24, 2021

By, Madeleine McMurray 2020 was a universally difficult year, and the world’s most vulnerable children – those impacted by disabilities – were also those who faced the greatest impact and potential for further harm. The UN’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has urged global leaders and governments to “place people with disabilities at the center of COVID-19…



Four Kenyan boys in matching blue shirts smile at the camera.

Your Gifts Helped Us Meet our Match and Support Over 9,000 Children!

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on March 16, 2021

“Kindness is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” ~ African Proverb Thanks to all of you we have gone beyond our $50,000 goal for the match from our generous donor! That means you raised more than $100,000 in the last few months! We are so grateful for each donation,…



A glimpse at Kenyan teen, Amani Patrick, in 2013 versus 2021

Including Amani: A Young Man’s Journey to Independence

by Jessica Charles

  • Posted on March 10, 2021

When we first met Amani Patrick more than 10 years ago, he was struggling to communicate due to his limited sign language skills. Although his parents wished they could send him to school, their jobs as a painter and peasant farmer did not earn them enough income to cover his tuition fees. Amani Thrives at…



Emily Morrison receiving a donor appreciation gift at Kupenda’s 2019 Spring Celebration. Emily has given generously, both on her own and through her family foundation, to support children with disabilities in Kenya for more than 6 years. Hundreds of children are alive and thriving today because of her unwavering support and compassion.

How Do I Love a Body that Does not Love Itself?

by Kupenda

  • Posted on March 7, 2021

So often we write and talk about disability, but what does disability actually feel like for the people who experience it? What is their physical and social reality like on a daily basis? How does their disability shape the way they see themselves and the world? Earlier this month, one of Kupenda’s longtime friends and…



Three women standing within a circle of listening women

Blessed: Lessons Learned from our Work with Traditional Healers

by Jessica Charles

  • Posted on March 4, 2021

By, Jessica Charles, Kupenda’s Development Director The first time I sat in a workshop alongside 25 Kenyan traditional healers, I was nervous. I’d heard that these herbalists, soothsayers and witchdoctors were conducting painful traditional healing practices on children with disabilities in their communities — things like skin cutting, exorcisms, and live burials. Some of them…



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