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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…


Moving from Single Project Success to Transformative, Systemic Change

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on October 17, 2022

This week I had the opportunity to travel to Ridgecrest, North Carolina to take part in the annual OneAccord Network Conference: an event where nearly 250 individuals from over 100 international development organizations shared their knowledge and skills and offered support to one another. I was joined by Cynthia Bauer, who is both the founder…

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 CEO, Cynthia Bauer, even traveled to Kenya to see him…

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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…

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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…

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