Category: Disability Advocacy

Challenging Social Norms: Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Accessible to People with Disabilities

by Kupenda

Despite having the same sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs as anyone else, people with disabilities often face stigma, discrimination, and barriers that prevent them from accessing SRH information and services. How can we work to meet the SRH needs of all people, including those with disabilities? To explore this issue, Sarah V. Harlan, Partnerships…



How Do I Love a Body that Does not Love Itself?

by Kupenda

So often we write and talk about disability, but what does disability actually feel like for the people who experience it? What is their physical and social reality like on a daily basis? How does their disability shape the way they see themselves and the world? Earlier this month, one of Kupenda’s longtime friends and…



Blessed: Lessons Learned from our Work with Traditional Healers

by Jessica Charles

By, Jessica Charles, Kupenda’s Development Director The first time I sat in a workshop alongside 25 Kenyan traditional healers, I was nervous. I’d heard that these herbalists, soothsayers and witchdoctors were conducting painful traditional healing practices on children with disabilities in their communities — things like skin cutting, exorcisms, and live burials. Some of them…



“It Gives Me a Sense of Joy”: An Interview with Kupenda’s Friend, Michele Reber

by Jessica Charles

In this interview, our long-time support and friend, Michele Reber, shares stories of Kupenda’s early years and her perspective on our evolving approaches to disability inclusion. In her responses, Michele also describes how her relationship with Kupenda and its founder has kept her invested in our work for the past 19 years. We cannot thank…



Panel Discussion with the 3 Kenyan Teens from our Documentary

by Kupenda

Earlier this month, Gordon College’s The La Vida Center for Outdoor Education hosted a screening of our documentary, followed by a panel discussion with the 3 Kenyan youth who hiked Kilimanjaro in the film! Our executive director, Kenyan director, filmmaker and hiking guide were also on the panel. Check out the discussion here: Want to keep updated with…



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