Disability Advocacy

Meet the Mbagus: Giving Back to Create Lasting Change

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on September 14, 2023

Mike and Janel Mbagu are new supporters to Kupenda, but their conviction about the effectiveness of its work and the desire to give back are noteworthy. Mike, originally from Kenya, is now living in Maryland and working as a pharmacist at Howard Pharmacy. His wife, Janel, is a microbiologist at Domino Sugar. They have two…



Disability Inclusion in Sierra Leone

Casting a Wider Net for Disability Inclusion in Sierra Leone

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on July 18, 2023

For the past five years, Enable the Children (ETC), a program under World Hope International (WHI), has been utilizing Kupenda’s disability trainings among community leaders in Sierra Leone. These trainings are crucial in many low-income communities where disabilities are believed to be caused by witchcraft or a curse. In these environments, the difference between someone…



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Serving Those Who Are Suffering: Kenya Executive Director, Leonard Mbonani, Explains How His Faith Impacts His Work

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on July 6, 2023

Many years ago, I had the privilege of researching the story of Kupenda for the Children for the book, An Unlikely Gift. Throughout this process, I was struck by how God uniquely prepared people such as our co-founder and Kenya Executive Director, Leonard Mbonani, to serve children with disabilities and their families. Today, I continue…



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World Autistic Pride Day: Hadija’s Story

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on June 16, 2023

Throughout Kupenda’s work, we often find that the greatest challenges people with disabilities encounter are not in their physical or mental conditions but in the perceptions of those around them. This is frequently the case for people with autism spectrum disorder. That is why, on June 18th, we celebrate World Autistic Pride Day. According to…



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A Cause That Everyone Can Connect To: An Interview with Kupenda Supporter, Michael Thompson

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on May 25, 2023

Many supporters experience a connection to Kupenda for the Children’s work, whether or not they are directly impacted by a disability. Kupenda’s mission to serve children with disabilities in low-income countries who are exponentially disadvantaged based on their age, economic status, and social perceptions of their disability may, for some, seem far removed. Yet the…



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