Author: Sandra Bauer

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How Hardworking Halima Graduated from School at 30 Years Old!

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on July 22, 2022

When Kupenda first met Halima, she had a poor walking gait, no speech, and struggled with concentration. Her cerebral palsy had also caused her to experience frequent drooling and discomfort from flat feet. She was able to communicate a bit using basic sign language and a few sounds. Accessing Education At home, Halima’s parents, Kadzo…

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Stitching Her Way to Success: Kadzo’s Story

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on June 2, 2022

Kadzo is a young woman who was born deaf. Growing up, her parents divorced and her mother was left to care for eight children with only the modest income she received from farming.   Fortunately, thanks to a couple in the United States who decided to sponsor her, Kadzo was able to begin attended the Marafa…

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A Community and a Family Change their Negative Beliefs about Disability

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on April 6, 2022

When Kupenda first met Furaha, he was seven years old. Furaha was born deaf and, at that time, he was living with his six siblings in a mud hut with a grass roof. Both of his parents were peasant farmers.  The people in his village had very negative attitudes towards Furaha and other people with…

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Idris’ Story: Communication is a Key to Knowledge

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on March 4, 2022

Idris was born with no ability to hear and, as a result, was not able to speak in a way that people could understand. Shortly after his birth, Idris’ father abandoned his family because he was ashamed of his son’s disability. As a result, Idris’ mother was left to provide all of the support and…

From Silence to Success: Sanita’s Story

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on January 13, 2022

Sanita is a young woman that has no hearing or speech. As a child, she wasn’t able to attend the local primary school because of her disability.  Fortunately, a couple from America decided to support Sanita through Kupenda’s sponsorship program, which meant she was able to go to a special school where she learned sign…

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