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300 New Kenyan Children with Disabilities in Need of Support

by Kupenda

Over the past year, through our Covid-19 Response Program, Kupenda’s field staff and local leader child advocates have identified over 300 new children with disabilities in Kilifi, Kenya. More than 65% of these children were in need of care for illness, malnutrition, abuse, or neglect, which we’ve provided through remote counseling and service referrals (using…



Safari Overcomes Loss, Poverty and Stigma

by Kupenda

Twenty-two years ago, when Kupenda’s founder, Cynthia Bauer, visited Kenya for the first time, Safari Shida was just a year old. At that time, Safari’s parents were struggling to cope with the fact that he had been born deaf, as there were few services for the hearing impaired and many in their community believed the…



Cynthia’s Song for Our Children and Families

by Kupenda

In honor of Mother’s Day, our founder and executive director, Cynthia Bauer, recorded this message and song about her niece, Ellie, who passed away in February at just 9 years old. Cynthia says, “The grief of losing a child is not unique…many of the families we support in Africa have lost children way too soon….but…



“It all comes down to love” Reflections on our Documentary from People with Disabilities

by Kupenda

“Nothing for us without us.” A long-standing reminder about the importance of including people with disabilities in interventions designed to support them. With this in mind, we invited our friend Susie Lotharius to host a screening of our “KUPENDA” documentary for a group she runs in Atlanta, Georgia, called Every Voice Matters. Members of this…



“Not a typical nonprofit”: A Conversation with one of our Foundation Representatives

by Kupenda

Craig Hammon wears many hats: he’s a mentor to Kupenda’s founder, a child sponsor, a generous donor, a guest speaker at our 2019 gala, and a trustee at a Foundation that has invested more than $650,000 in Kupenda’s work to improve the lives of children living with disabilities. For more than a decade, Craig also…



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