January 2022

Disability is Not a Dirty Word

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 25, 2022

“Dirty.” This was the word Issa’s community members used to describe his disability. If he tried to play with other children, he was beaten. If he attempted to eat with others, he was told to sit apart. His disability was thought to be intolerable; it could only be the result of a curse. Since infancy, …

A young man and an adult man seated beside each other, laughing.

He Made Me Believe I Was Also a Person

by Kupenda

  • Posted on January 21, 2022

  George is one of Kupenda’s program graduate who regularly co-facilitates Kupenda Disability Trainings. During these sessions he also gives his testimony to help our pastor, traditional healer, parent and government leader trainees understand the importance of supporting early intervention and loving inclusion for children with disabilities in their communities. We hope you’ll enjoy reading his testimony here. I was…

The most personal way to help a child

by Kupenda

  • Posted on January 19, 2022

The most personal way to help a child access the care they need. When you sponsor a child with a disability, you not only support their physical needs, but also help them understand their value and potential. This is critical everywhere but especially in Kenya where most children with disabilities grow up believing they are cursed, useless and unworthy…

From Silence to Success: Sanita’s Story

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on January 13, 2022

Sanita is a young woman that has no hearing or speech. As a child, she wasn’t able to attend the local primary school because of her disability.  Fortunately, a couple from America decided to support Sanita through Kupenda’s sponsorship program, which meant she was able to go to a special school where she learned sign…

Finding Fulfillment After Homelessness, Hunger, and Isolation

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 7, 2022

Before receiving assistance from Kupenda, Riziki was treated poorly by her family and community. Similar to her grandmother, Riziki was born deaf. Since her family did not know sign language, communication was challenging, and life was very isolating.

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