November 2022

Community members receiving rice

Join Kupenda in Supporting Kenyan Communities This Giving Tuesday

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on November 29, 2022

“Karibu” is a Swahili word meaning “welcome.” This was a term I became quite familiar with over the course of my first trip to our innovation center in Kilifi, Kenya, where we have worked to help thousands of children with disabilities access care and support. I didn’t speak the language or fully understand the culture,…

Pendo 1

From Fear to Acceptance

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on November 28, 2022

Pendo (Swahili for “love”) is a young girl who was born with brittle bone disease that affects the development of her lower legs. Brittle bone disease, or osteogenesis imperfecta, is a lifelong genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily, even without injury. Both her mother, who is confined to a wheelchair, and her sister…

New Kupenda Storybook Helps Children Understand Disability Equity and Kenyan Culture

by Lucie Rutherford

  • Posted on November 14, 2022

The stories of three children in our new storybook, No Longer Left Behind, demonstrate how Kupenda bridges education equity gaps for children with disabilities around the world. Plot: Only One of Three Friends Can Attend School Set in rural Kenya, children walk eight miles to and from school every day. For Rehema, a non-disabled child,…

When the Law Does Not Empower People with Disabilities to Make Decisions About Their Lives

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on November 4, 2022

One of the most fundamental human rights is the ability to make decisions regarding one’s own life. Yet for many people with disabilities, this right is not fully recognized by the governments or courts of law that preside over the communities in which they live. The “right to legal capacity” is when a government recognizes a…

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