May 2021

Lauren Blaire with children

“More than a Good Cause”: An Interview with Our Book Author, Board Chair and Supporter, Lauren Blair

by Jessica Charles Abrams

  • Posted on May 28, 2021

This month I had the honor of interviewing, Lauren Blair, the author of “An Unlikely Gift” – a book about Kupenda’s work and history. In addition to traveling to Kenya 4 times, including to interview Kenyan families and leaders for this book, Lauren has also served on Kupenda’s Board for the past 12 years and…


300 New Kenyan Children with Disabilities in Need of Support

by Kupenda

  • Posted on May 26, 2021

Over the past year, through our Covid-19 Response Program, Kupenda’s field staff and local leader child advocates have identified over 300 new children with disabilities in Kilifi, Kenya. More than 65% of these children were in need of care for illness, malnutrition, abuse, or neglect, which we’ve provided through remote counseling and service referrals (using…

Kenyan boy in school uniform

Safari Overcomes Loss, Poverty and Stigma

by Kupenda

  • Posted on May 24, 2021

Twenty-two years ago, when Kupenda’s founder, Cynthia Bauer, visited Kenya for the first time, Safari Shida was just a year old. At that time, Safari’s parents were struggling to cope with the fact that he had been born deaf, as there were few services for the hearing impaired and many in their community believed the…

Cindy with piano

Cynthia’s Song for Our Children and Families

by Kupenda

  • Posted on May 18, 2021

In honor of Mother’s Day, our founder and executive director, Cynthia Bauer, recorded this message and song about her niece, Ellie, who passed away in February at just 9 years old. Cynthia says, “The grief of losing a child is not unique…many of the families we support in Africa have lost children way too soon….but…

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