Category: Local Leaders

What Motivates our Pastors Disability Advocates?

by Jessica Charles

  • Posted on March 10, 2022

  Last year Kupenda interviewed 50 of the pastors we have trained as advocates for children with disabilities. This was a program evaluation exercise conducted alongside data analyst, Dr. Kathryn Quissell, from the University of Virginia, and implementing partner, Cross International. The pastors’ feedback gave us greater insight into what motivates them to work as…



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Blessed: Lessons Learned from our Work with Traditional Healers

by Jessica Charles

  • Posted on March 4, 2021

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…



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Persons with Disabilities: The Forgotten Vulnerable Group in Kenya’s Fight Against Covid-19

by Kupenda

  • Posted on January 25, 2021

By Lucky Mahenzo, Kenyan Attorney and Kuhenza Volunteer Persons with disabilities have historically faced the worst forms of discrimination. They have been denied most of their fundamental rights and freedoms. They have been neglected, stigmatized, isolated and excluded from many programs that are put in place in many societies. This trend is also visible in…



Kenyan pastor sitting beside a young girl in blue chairs outside

Pastor Zaki’s Story: How Kupenda’s Disability Training Empowered Him to Help Loice

by Kupenda

  • Posted on December 10, 2020

“Before attending a [Kupenda] pastors’ workshop to be empowered with information on how to care and fight for the rights of children with disabilities, I used to have this girl in my church. Her name is Loice and she has a hearing impairment. At first I felt bad and at a loss because I could…



Happy World Teacher’s Day from Kupenda’s Disability Advocates and Educators!

by Kupenda

  • Posted on October 4, 2019

October 5 is the United Nation’s World Teacher’s Day! Today we want to celebrate all of the teachers on Kupenda’s team who help children with disabilities access education, medical care and loving inclusion in their communities! The Kupenda family also includes several Board members with teaching experience and hundreds of community leader disability advocates, who…



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