Category: Child Success Stories

Mercyline’s Story

by Rebecca Majeau

Twenty-one-year-old Mercyline Rodgers has had a challenging life, and yet has excelled academically, socially and athletically because of Kupenda’s interventions and people like you who support our work. Mercyline enjoys spending time with others and participating in her school’s drama club, where she has been able to perform at the national level. She also competes…



Safari Overcomes Loss, Poverty and Stigma

by Kupenda

Twenty-two years ago, when Kupenda’s founder, Cynthia Bauer, visited Kenya for the first time, Safari Shida was just a year old. At that time, Safari’s parents were struggling to cope with the fact that he had been born deaf, as there were few services for the hearing impaired and many in their community believed the…



Including Amani: A Young Man’s Journey to Independence

by Jessica Charles

When we first met Amani Patrick more than 10 years ago, he was struggling to communicate due to his limited sign language skills. Although his parents wished they could send him to school, their jobs as a painter and peasant farmer did not earn them enough income to cover his tuition fees. Amani Thrives at…



Panel Discussion with the 3 Kenyan Teens from our Documentary

by Kupenda

Earlier this month, Gordon College’s The La Vida Center for Outdoor Education hosted a screening of our documentary, followed by a panel discussion with the 3 Kenyan youth who hiked Kilimanjaro in the film! Our executive director, Kenyan director, filmmaker and hiking guide were also on the panel. Check out the discussion here: Want to keep updated on…



Join us for a Free Screening of our KUPENDA documentary!

by Kupenda

Next month we’re partnering with Gordon College, Waypoint Adventure and La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership to host a free screening of our documentary about 3 Kenyan teens who hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro to show the world that disability is not inability! Check out the trailer below and register here! Want to keep updated on Kupenda’s work?  You…



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