Disability Advocacy

Empowering Others to Serve: How Tom and Karisa Schreck View Their Long-Term Support of Kupenda’s Mission

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 19, 2023

For the past 14 years, I have had the privilege of knowing and doing life with some of my dearest friends and neighbors, Tom and Karisa Schreck. Tom is a software engineer and former board member of one of Kupenda’s nonprofit supporters, Adventures for the Cure. Karisa is a neurologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who…



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…



One Year With Kupenda: Lessons Learned From Seven Thousand Miles Away

by Rebecca Majeau

  • Posted on January 5, 2023

It has been one year since I joined the Kupenda team, and I could not speak more fondly of my experience. My fellow staff are kind-hearted, hardworking, and share in my passion for making the world a better place. The work we get to do together is truly changing hearts and minds in a way…



“The True Value of Educating and Advocating for Others”: An Interview with Kupenda’s New Board Chair, Leah Battillo

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on December 20, 2022

This month, I had the privilege of interviewing Leah Battillo, a special education teacher, board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and current Kupenda board chair. Last year, after deciding to step down from 12 years of board service (mostly as chairperson) to work as a program consultant for Kupenda, it was a privilege to transfer this meaningful…



Contributing to Change as a Kupenda Intern

by Lucie Rutherford

  • Posted on December 2, 2022

For years, I have been interested in the intersection of public health and international aid. As a former global public health undergraduate at the University of Virginia and now a master of public health graduate student focused on policy, law, and ethics, I was eager to join Kupenda’s team. Thanks to connections between a former…



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