Kupenda in the Classroom

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on April 27, 2022

When I was in my early 20s, a presentation by Kupenda’s founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Bauer, changed the trajectory of my life. My close friend (and now husband), Pat, heard Cynthia give a speech about the organization’s work. Hearing her discuss how helping a handful of children with disabilities had turned into an organization…

The War in Ukraine Sheds Light on Global Disability Stigma

by Rebecca Majeau

  • Posted on April 15, 2022

There are 2.7 million people with disabilities in Ukraine. These people represent the group most significantly impacted by the war with Russia. Among the greatest risks for Ukrainians with disabilities are: Lack of timely information about the conflict in accessible formats; Lack of safe centers, bomb shelters and evacuation pathways; and Lack of access to…

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…

Destigmatizing Disabilities in Faith Communities

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on March 25, 2022

For the 1 in 7 people globally who are living with some type of disability, faith communities hold a tremendous influence on how they are treated by others. At times, this may include negative myths and misconceptions that can create obstacles to care and inclusion. This was the focus of a webinar on March 15,…

What Motivates our Pastors Disability Advocates?

by Jessica Charles

  • Posted on March 10, 2022

  Last year Kupenda interviewed 50 of the pastors we have trained as advocates for children with disabilities. This was a program evaluation exercise conducted alongside data analyst, Dr. Kathryn Quissell, from the University of Virginia, and implementing partner, Cross International. The pastors’ feedback gave us greater insight into what motivates them to work as…

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