Author: Sandra Bauer


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…

Furaha smiling in a wheelchair

Finding a Loving Place

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on October 15, 2023

After a delayed start to her education and a number of other challenges, Furaha will finally be doing what once seemed out of reach. With a combination of hard work, perseverance, and Kupenda’s support, Furaha will be starting high school this January! Uncertain Beginnings When she was a young girl, Furaha could only dream of…

Brian in school

Baby Steps: Brian’s Story

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on June 9, 2023

Most often when we think of a child’s success, we imagine college graduation, being named to the all-star team, or getting a role in the school musical. When a child has a disability, success is often defined by accomplishing something that a child without disability is able to do. However, sometimes a child’s success may…


John’s Story: How Children Can Succeed When Given a Chance

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on April 20, 2023

John’s story proves what can be accomplished when a child is given a chance to succeed. John is in his final year of elementary school at Gede Special School. As he gets ready for graduation, he is the top student in his class in all subjects and is president of the student council. He is…

Charo in white top

Better Late Than Never: Charo’s Story of Survival

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on February 3, 2023

Charo’s life is a remarkable story of survival. When he was just five months old, he suffered from extreme malnutrition, which caused him to become completely blind. The local school did not have the necessary teachers and equipment to meet his needs. As a result, Charo was left at home while the other children in…

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