Author: Sanjida Azad


Navigating Change: Silvia’s Resilience and Kupenda’s Impact

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on December 22, 2023

Silvia’s early years were marked by challenging circumstances. Shortly after birth, she was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and being hard of hearing.  Her father, who couldn’t come to terms with her disability, rejected her, and her mother shouldered the responsibility of caring for Silvia and her siblings alone. Silvia’s mother looked to her family…

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My Internship Journey at Kupenda: A Glimpse into the World of Public Health and Program Management

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on November 8, 2023

As a recent graduate with a major in Global Public Health and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia, I was eager to put my academic knowledge into practical use. This led me to a remarkable internship experience with Kupenda, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in underserved communities. Little…

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Transforming Lives Through Counseling: A Conversation with Kupenda’s Mental Health Officer

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on October 5, 2023

In a world where mental health struggles often remain hidden behind closed doors, organizations like Kupenda for the Children are shining a light on the importance of addressing mental well-being, especially in children with disabilities and their families. We had the privilege of sitting down with Martha Omar, a dedicated psychologist working with Kupenda in…

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Transforming Challenges Into Triumph: Simon’s Remarkable Journey

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on August 27, 2023

When Simon was a toddler, an unexpected illness, a resulting disability, and stigma in his community left an indelible mark on his life. The intervention he received had lasting effects on his ability to walk, and he developed a pronounced limp and weakened hands. Despite the trials that followed, Simon’s family remained committed to improving…

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Sharon’s Journey to Empowerment: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Support

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on July 13, 2023

In the coastal community of Mijomboni, Kilifi, Kenya, a determined eight-year-old girl named Sharon faces numerous obstacles on her journey towards empowerment. Raised by her elderly grandmother alongside her siblings, Sharon’s life has been marked by adversity and mental health challenges. However, her perseverance, along with the support of Kupenda for the Children, has created…

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