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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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Increasing Impact: Equipping Disability Advocates Worldwide with CURE International

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on September 22, 2023

One of the central tenants of Kupenda’s advocacy mission Is to share its disability model with other nonprofit organizations so that they can improve the lives of more people with disabilities. For organizations like CURE International, which assists children with disabilities through a global network of pediatric hospitals, this collaboration is enabling them to address…

Photo of Mike and Janel Mbagu and family new supporters to Kupenda

Meet the Mbagus: Giving Back to Create Lasting Change

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on September 14, 2023

Mike and Janel Mbagu are new supporters to Kupenda, but their conviction about the effectiveness of its work and the desire to give back are noteworthy. Mike, originally from Kenya, is now living in Maryland and working as a pharmacist at Howard Pharmacy. His wife, Janel, is a microbiologist at Domino Sugar. They have two…

Yaakim smiling

What if We Didn’t Exist?

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on August 29, 2023

A Family Desperate for Help Just months after her birth, Yaakim began to show signs of significant health issues. Her family had no idea why she was doing so poorly, and they were scared for her life. Her head was enlarged, she constantly cried, wouldn’t feed, appeared malnourished, wasn’t getting enough sleep, and had difficulty…

Simon in a pink shirt and purple shorts

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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