Kupenda Contributes to UNICEF New Disability Toolkit

by Jessica Charles Abrams

Kupenda’s technical team was recently invited to provide feedback on UNICEF’s new toolkit for Addressing Stigma and Discrimination toward Children and Youth with Disabilities through Social and Behavior Change (SBC). Our CEO, Kenyan Director, and Development Director worked closed with global disability and SBC experts to review three modules of the toolkit and provide feedback,…

A Father’s Hope

by Lauren Blair, Thomas Katana

  • Posted on May 27, 2024

When Emmanuel was born, his parents and birth attendant were overwhelmed because they were unfamiliar with his disability. Emmanuel was born with phocomelia, a rare congenital anomaly that caused both his upper limbs and his lower right leg to stop developing. Complicating matters, his family felt rejected by their community. As in many low- and…

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The Road to Inclusion: A Crucial Journey

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on May 24, 2024

Last November, I had the opportunity to meet Janet, a young mother of four children who lives in a remote area of Kenya. As I journeyed with other Kupenda staff to her home, we drove up an unpaved mountain and then trekked on foot down a dirt trail. The mountaintop view revealed lush vegetation and…

Praise from a Long-Time Foundation Friend and Supporter

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on May 22, 2024

Earlier this month, Kupenda hosted a house party where our supporters heard updates about Kupenda, learned about upcoming opportunities, and enjoyed a meal together! Sheila Leddy, a friend and representative from Imago Dei Fund, shared the following about why her foundation has supported Kupenda for the past 7 years:  . “I have had the enormous…

Kupenda’s Disability Guidebook: Supporting Communities to Better Understand Disabilities

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on May 3, 2024

In low- and middle-income countries around the world, people with disabilities are often neglected, abandoned, abused, or even murdered due to the belief that a person with a disability has been cursed by God or witchcraft. In response to this negative stigma, Kupenda utilizes a number of tools to educate communities about disability and what…

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