Disability Advocacy

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Reaching Rwanda: Kupenda’s Partnership with Uwezo Youth Empowerment

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 10, 2024

One of Kupenda’s main missions is to share its disability inclusion strategies and tools with other organizations so that a greater number of people impacted by disability can become more active participants in their communities. Recently, this included meeting with Uwezo Youth Empowerment, a Disabled Persons’ Organization (DPO) in Rwanda that combats the stigma, prejudice,…



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…



They Never Come Back: Barriers to Healthcare in Kenya

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on December 11, 2023

Children with disabilities face many barriers to accessible healthcare in Kenya. Since many of them lack birth certificates, they are unable to apply for and receive health insurance, making many services too expensive for their families to afford. There are also very few health practitioners trained to treat disabilities and associated health implications. Perhaps one…



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Gift the Kupenda Children’s Book And Tell a Story of Hope!

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on December 8, 2023

“I learned that children with disabilities can do what other children can when they are given help–like sign language to talk and exercises to get stronger.” – Grant, age 7 “I learned that a child might be treated badly for having a disability, but that children with disabilities can go to school and should be…



My Internship Journey at Kupenda: A Glimpse into the World of Public Health and Program Management

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on November 8, 2023

As a recent graduate with a major in Global Public Health and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia, I was eager to put my academic knowledge into practical use. This led me to a remarkable internship experience with Kupenda, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in underserved communities. Little…



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