Child Success Stories

Better Late Than Never: Charo’s Story of Survival

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on February 3, 2023

Charo’s life is a remarkable story of survival. When he was just five months old, he suffered from extreme malnutrition, which caused him to become completely blind. The local school did not have the necessary teachers and equipment to meet his needs. As a result, Charo was left at home while the other children in…



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International Day of Education: Expanding Access for Children Like Athman

by Lucie Rutherford

  • Posted on January 22, 2023

An estimated 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school. In addition to a lack of understanding about their needs, many schools do not have trained teachers, adequate classroom support, and accessible facilities. January 24th marks the International Day of Education, a UN-designated day in support of Sustainable Development Goal 4,…



Cindy and Nassir

A Shared Hope for the Future: Nassir’s Story

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on December 13, 2022

In mid-November I was able to visit Kenya and had the privilege of spending a little time with a young man named Nassir and his family. Nassir is one of the first students Kupenda supported and is now 22 years old. He is a perfect example of how supporting one individual can benefit many! How…



From Fear to Acceptance

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on November 28, 2022

Pendo (Swahili for “love”) is a young girl who was born with brittle bone disease that affects the development of her lower legs. Brittle bone disease, or osteogenesis imperfecta, is a lifelong genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily, even without injury. Both her mother, who is confined to a wheelchair, and her sister…



Photo of Samson standing

How Samson Accessed Life-Saving Surgery, Food, and Counseling

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on October 26, 2022

  Samson was born with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, which caused him to have limited speech, mild cognitive delays, breathing challenges, and a short stature. In addition to coping with his physical and intellectual challenges, his family also struggled to earn an income. Samson lived with his parents, four brothers, and two sisters on a…



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