Category: Donor Spotlight

“More than a Good Cause”: An Interview with Our Book Author, Board Chair and Supporter, Lauren Blair

by Jessica Charles

This month I had the honor of interviewing, Lauren Blair, the author of “An Unlikely Gift” – a book about Kupenda’s work and history. In addition to traveling to Kenya 4 times, including to interview Kenyan families and leaders for this book, Lauren has also served on Kupenda’s Board for the past 12 years and…



“Not a typical nonprofit”: A Conversation with one of our Foundation Representatives

by Kupenda

Craig Hammon wears many hats: he’s a mentor to Kupenda’s founder, a child sponsor, a generous donor, a guest speaker at our 2019 gala, and a trustee at a Foundation that has invested more than $650,000 in Kupenda’s work to improve the lives of children living with disabilities. For more than a decade, Craig also…



Extreme Athleticism and Generosity

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director On April 17th, Pat Blair is celebrating his 40th birthday by running 62 miles around Patapsco Valley Park (Maryland) and raising funds for Kupenda for the Children! Pat is the co-founder of Adventures for the Cure (AFC), an organization that has raised thousands of dollars for Kupenda…



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…



“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…



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