Cynthia Bauer

Update on the Health Status of Our Kenyan Director

by Kupenda

As some of you may recall, in 2016, Kupenda’s co-founder and Kenya director, Leonard Mbonani, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s follicular lymphoma. Although his early years of treatment were successful, he had a severe relapse in late 2021 that kept him out of work for several months. Kupenda’s founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Bauer, even traveled to Kenya to see him at…



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Kupenda Joins the International Disability and Development Consortium!

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on May 19, 2022

Last week I had the opportunity to represent Kupenda for the Children at the General Assembly of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) in Brussels, Belgium. IDDC “is a grouping of civil society organizations coming together around a common objective: promoting inclusive international development and humanitarian action with a special focus on the full…



Kupenda in the Classroom

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on April 27, 2022

When I was in my early 20s, a presentation by Kupenda’s founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Bauer, changed the trajectory of my life. My close friend (and now husband), Pat, heard Cynthia give a speech about the organization’s work. Hearing her discuss how helping a handful of children with disabilities had turned into an organization…



Christmas Wishes from our Directors and Children!

by Kupenda

  • Posted on December 27, 2021

  Check out this 2-minute video update and Christmas wishes from our U.S. Director, Cynthia Bauer, our Kenyan Director, Leonard Mbonani, and our children in Kenya! Want to keep updated on Kupenda’s work? You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. And please also sign up for our monthly newsletter and updates here.  If you’re interested…



Kupenda’s Founder Reflects on 2021 and Shares the Story of Her Friend Nuru

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on December 9, 2021

Dear Friends, Nuru survived COVID-19 because of your support. Her cerebral palsy and other health issues resulted in her hospitalization when she contracted the virus. She was reunited with her classmates and family because of supporters like you. With little access to vaccinations in Kenya, COVID-19 rates have continued to soar, putting so many of…



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