Cynthia Bauer

Citizen TV Kenya’s Interview with Kupenda’s Kenyan Field Staff

by Rebecca Heidorn

On the United Nations’ International Disability Day (December 3, 2023) Citizen TV Kenya interviewed Kupenda’s Kenyan field staff, Loice Maluki during a local celebration. A recording of their interview can be accessed here and the translated transcript is included below. Loice Maluki: “Kuhenza for the Children is a non-profit organization that supports children with disabilities in Kilifi…

Kupenda for the Children’s 20th Anniversary: Two Decades of Supporting Children with Disabilities

by Rebecca Heidorn

Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda’s Founder and CEO, always imagined that she would pursue a career in wildlife biology. In fact, when she found herself in Kilifi, Kenya for the first time, she was completing field research in pursuit of a master’s degree in applied ecology from Eastern University of Ecology. It was there, in Kilifi, that…

Unlikely Gifts: A Kupenda for the Children Podcast

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

On Valentine’s Day, we are excited to announce our upcoming Kupenda for the Children podcast: “Unlikely Gifts.” The word “Kupenda” in Swahili means “love.” More accurately, it refers to “a constant state of loving.” Since so much of what we do is about demonstrating love to children and families impacted by disabilities, we thought this…

houseparents who work at Kupenda supported schools

Home Away From Home: The Role of Houseparents in Caring for Children with Disabilities

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on January 13, 2023

  When I think of the houseparents who work at Kupenda supported schools, I think of strength, compassion, and sacrifice. They are the caretakers for children living away from their families for weeks at a time. Mainstream schools in Kenya do not have the resources or properly trained staff to provide the support that many…

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…

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