Awareness Days

Happy #World Cerebral Palsy Day from Sarafina

by Kupenda

  • Posted on October 5, 2018

Today, on #WorldCPDay, we celebrate the millions of children with cerebral palsy around the world like Sarafina!   Her culture believed she was cursed and had little value because of the cerebral palsy she has due to malaria as a baby. Today, she is a happy and loved young woman, thanks to the Marafa Special…

Two Kenyan women standing up with a group of others seated around them.

Celebrating our Community Leaders, Parents and Donors on International Day of Friendship

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on July 30, 2018

Today is recognized as the United Nation’s International Day of Friendship, and as I travel back from Kenya, I think of the unique relationships formed between people of diverse backgrounds in this work. This is exemplified in the parent support group meeting we held a couple days ago. The parent leaders of 13 different disability…

A mural on the side of a building showing a group of children playing and jumping rope.

Celebrating Emmanuel’s Life-Saving, Community-Changing Transformation on International Justice Day

by Kupenda

  • Posted on July 17, 2018

On International Justice Day, July 17, we celebrate 3-year old Emmanuel, whose recent improvements not only changed his life but also showed his community that he is valuable, capable, and worth of love. Two months ago, if you had told Alex Mchengo that his son would soon be gaining weight, holding utensils, and preparing to…

International Family Day: Strengthening the Family, Strengthening Society

  • Posted on May 15, 2018

Today, on May 15, the United Nations’ International Day of Families, Kupenda celebrates the importance of the family unit to support healthy children and strong societies. Ten-year-old Neema Baya has been deaf since birth.  Several years ago her parents accused one another of causing her disability and eventually decided to separate and leave her in…

Remembering John on World Malaria Day

by Kupenda

  • Posted on April 25, 2018

Malaria causes disabilities like cerebral palsy on the coast of Kenya where Kupenda’s work is focused. Much progress has been made in reducing the number of people contracting this horrible infection, but children continue to be disabled and die from malaria every day. On World Malaria Day we mourn the loss of John Malanga who died this…

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