Category: Cynthia Bauer

Cynthia’s Song for Our Children and Families

by Kupenda

In honor of Mother’s Day, our founder and executive director, Cynthia Bauer, recorded this message and song about her niece, Ellie, who passed away in February at just 9 years old. Cynthia says, “The grief of losing a child is not unique…many of the families we support in Africa have lost children way too soon….but…



What Does It Mean to Practice Love?

by Kupenda

“To be able to be loved is what we as humans all need to have. That is why we are called Kupenda, because Kupenda means ‘love‘ in Swahili and so many people around the world that have disabilities aren’t getting to experience that. We want to be sure that they get to be part of…



New Podcast with Kupenda’s Founder

by Kupenda

Check out a new podcast where our founder, Cynthia Bauer, talks with Jay Foss at Raising Your Inner Voices about how the Kupenda documentary reframes stigmas associated with children with disabilities. The film’s inspiring story focuses on 3 children with disabilities who climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Listen on Apple Podcast here, Google Podcast here or Spotify…



Honoring Children with Disabilities in Life and Death: A Tribute to Jerald

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

Kupenda’s work includes helping families arrange funerals to honor the death of their disabled child and speaking at these services. Some people with disabilities have shortened life spans even when they have access to the best care. Jerald died peacefully in the loving arms of his dad, from Duchene muscular dystrophy. He was 25 years…



Happy World’s Children Day!

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

On November 20th we celebrated World’s Children Day. This special day is dedicated to the anniversary of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of the Child.  As we recently passed Thanksgiving, we had the opportunity to reflect on what we are thankful for. This year we are especially grateful for the international community’s commitment…



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