2024

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…



Fighting for the Right to Education and Inclusion: Rita’s Story

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on April 9, 2024

  Due to negative stigma about her disability, Rita’s parents abandoned her to the care of her uncle, Barnabas. Throughout Kupenda’s programs, 70% of children with disabilities have lost either one or both parents. This is due to social perceptions that disabilities are a curse from God and the lack of support families often receive.…



Photo credit: CURE International

Zavier’s Story: Kupenda’s Partnership with CURE in The Philippines

by Cure International

  • Posted on March 19, 2024

Photo Credit: CURE International Justin and Vincent are first-time parents. They were overjoyed at the news of their pregnancy, but their happiness was replaced with shock and grief upon learning that their baby, Zavier, had a cleft lip and palate. This occurs when a baby’s lip and roof of the mouth do not form and…



A young girl pictured in a hospital bed in a yellow cast and orange shirt

Jenelyn’s Story: Kupenda’s Partnership with CURE in The Philippines

by Cure International

  • Posted on March 19, 2024

Photo Credit: CURE International Jenelyn is a 13-year-old girl who was born with clubfoot and equinus deformity. As a result, her left foot is curved in on itself, which forces her to walk on tiptoe on her right foot. Her family cannot afford to go to an orthopedic doctor since they live far from the…



A girl smiling and seated outside in a wheelchair, wearing a brown checkered shirt.

Creating Possibilities: Living a Life of Achievement with Cerebral Palsy

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on March 19, 2024

Many years ago, while volunteering in a classroom at the Gede Special School in Kenya, a particular student’s smile always stood out to me. Gladys was a little girl with cerebral palsy, a developmental disability that affected her movement, posture, and coordination. Her demeanor was warm but unassuming. At home, her parents would often comment…



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