September 2022

Update on the Health Status of Our Kenyan Director

by Kupenda

As some of you may recall, in 2016, Kupenda’s co-founder and Kenya director, Leonard Mbonani, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s follicular lymphoma. Although his early years of treatment were successful, he had a severe relapse in late 2021 that kept him out of work for several months. Kupenda’s founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Bauer, even traveled to Kenya to see him at…



Marlin in front of her home

“I Have Peace of Mind and Soul”: Parenting A Child With Hydrocephalus

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on September 15, 2022

In 2005, Zawadi gave birth to a little girl named Marlin. Instead of responding with joy, her husband responded in anger–beating Zawadi until he chased her away. This is because, soon after birth, Marlin contracted meningitis which led to hydrocephalus, a condition that causes fluid to accumulate around the brain and interfere with healthy growth…



Martin as a young boy

This Has Given Me Courage

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on September 8, 2022

Martin is a young boy that contracted tuberculosis as an infant. He survived the disease but was left permanently deaf and unable to speak. His only means of communication with his family were gestures, which the family did not always understand. At those times, Martin would get very frustrated. His father, a mason, and his…



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