January 2024

Loving the “Unlovable”: Hellen’s Story

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 31, 2024

Throughout the world, people with disabilities are often denied loving inclusion among their families and communities. This is not usually due to the disability itself but to the limiting views of others around them. For children like Hellen, her community’s understanding of disability meant the difference between life and death. Stigma and Struggle When Hellen…



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Disability Not Inability

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on January 15, 2024

When Margaret first started school, she was already ten years old. She had issues with her mobility, which was later diagnosed as brittle bone disease. She also used a wheelchair, since her bones broke easily if she stood. However, her diagnosis did not affect her mental capabilities. When Kupenda for the Children supported her to…



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Reaching Rwanda: Kupenda’s Partnership with Uwezo Youth Empowerment

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 10, 2024

One of Kupenda’s main missions is to share its disability inclusion strategies and tools with other organizations so that a greater number of people impacted by disability can become more active participants in their communities. Recently, this included meeting with Uwezo Youth Empowerment, a Disabled Persons’ Organization (DPO) in Rwanda that combats the stigma, prejudice,…



Citizen TV Kenya’s Interview with Kupenda’s Kenyan Field Staff

by Rebecca Heidorn

On the United Nations’ International Disability Day (December 3, 2023) Citizen TV Kenya interviewed Kupenda’s Kenyan field staff, Loice Maluki during a local celebration. A recording of their interview can be accessed here and the translated transcript is included below. Loice Maluki: “Kuhenza for the Children is a non-profit organization that supports children with disabilities in Kilifi…



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