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Introducing Kupenda’s Child Scholarship Program!

by Lauren Blair, Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on July 13, 2024

This month, Kupenda introduced its Child Scholarship Program. While the nature of this program remains the same as it did under the former Child Sponsorship Program, we believe that this new title better reflects that we are partners with the children in our programs and that, in the communities we work in, schools are often…

Kupenda Contributes to UNICEF New Disability Toolkit

by Jessica Charles Abrams

Kupenda’s technical team was recently invited to provide feedback on UNICEF’s new toolkit for Addressing Stigma and Discrimination toward Children and Youth with Disabilities through Social and Behavior Change (SBC). Our CEO, Kenyan director, and development director worked closely with global disability and SBC experts to review three modules of the toolkit and provide feedback,…

A Father’s Hope

by Lauren Blair, Thomas Katana

  • Posted on May 27, 2024

When Emmanuel was born, his parents and birth attendant were overwhelmed because they were unfamiliar with his disability. Emmanuel was born with phocomelia, a rare congenital anomaly that caused both his upper limbs and his lower right leg to stop developing. Complicating matters, his family felt rejected by their community. As in many low- and…

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The Road to Inclusion: A Crucial Journey

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on May 24, 2024

Last November, I had the opportunity to meet Janet, a young mother of four children who lives in a remote area of Kenya. As I journeyed with other Kupenda staff to her home, we drove up an unpaved mountain and then trekked on foot down a dirt trail. The mountaintop view revealed lush vegetation and…

Praise from a Long-Time Foundation Friend and Partner

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on May 22, 2024

Last month, Kupenda hosted a house party where our supporters heard updates about Kupenda, learned about upcoming opportunities, and enjoyed a meal together! Sheila Leddy, a friend and program partner at Imago Dei Fund, shared the following about why the fund has supported Kupenda for the past several years: . “I have had the enormous privilege of actually seeing the…

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