Awareness Days

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World Orphan Day: Celebrating Kupenda’s Prevention Approach

by Kupenda

  • Posted on November 17, 2017

This week the world is celebrating International Orphans Day. At Kupenda, we join our colleagues in commemorating this special day by raising support for vulnerable young people but also by highlighting the need to prevent orphanhood in the first place. More than 70% of children with disabilities in our programs and millions more around the…

Four Kenyan children standing together and smiling.

Celebrating Special Olympics Coach & Special Education Teacher, Oripa Kwezuma, on World Teacher’s Day

by Kupenda

  • Posted on October 5, 2017

Oripa Kwezuma is a 43-year-old Kenyan special education teacher and Special Olympics coach who works at Sir Ali Special School. For more than a decade, Kupenda has supported Ms. Kwezuma through job placement, salary support, special education trainings and individual counseling.  On World Teacher’s Day (October 5), we’d like to share an interview we conducted…

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10 Ways to Remember Mother Teresa & Commemorate International Day of Charity

by Kupenda

  • Posted on September 8, 2017

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.” – Mother Teresa This week, the United Nations is celebrating International Day of Charity, which commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of…

An adult woman playing guitar with a Kenyan boy.

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day and my new friend Elisha!

by Kupenda

  • Posted on March 21, 2017

I met 11-year-old Elisha and his dad at a Kupenda-led parent gathering in January.  From the moment, I met him, it was obvious how loved he was by his family and community.  Soon after I understood why. In addition to having such a joyful spirit, he was funny, friendly, and talented.  He’s one of those…

An adult woman surrouded by 10 Kenyan teens.

Tiny Dancer in the Sand

by Jessica Charles Abrams

  • Posted on March 7, 2017

“Cindy is a Kenyan now!” Leonard echoed the sentiment of most people in the Disability Awareness Day crowd and laughed with the women dancing and shaking around her. It was our second to last day in the field and the culmination of 3 long weeks of work. The government officials, women’s groups, parents, children, and…

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