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The Stand-off: Traditional Beliefs Meet Modern Medicine

by Jessica Charles

  • Posted on January 23, 2017

I admit, they made me nervous. The nine village elders and seven midwives were innocuous enough, and even the three soothsayers seemed friendly, but the four traditional healers had a dark mystery to them. When I offered almonds to the one on my right he put down his wooden cane and slowly took the nuts…



A Kenyan woman wearing a yellow shirt.

Universal Children’s Day Reflection from Kupenda’s Madam Karo

by Kupenda

  • Posted on November 21, 2016

“We Need Action, Not Words” Martha Karo is the head teacher at the Gede Special School, the first school supported by Kupenda. She has been working in support of children with disabilities for over 28 years. On November 20, Universal Children’s Day, we spoke with Madam Karo about her experience helping children with disabilities access…



A Kenyan woman wearing a yellow shirt, standing in front of a green door.

New Project Officer in Kenya

by Kupenda

  • Posted on September 16, 2016

We are excited to introduce our new project officer in Kenya… Loice Mwikali!!!   Last January Teresia began working for the government as a social worker.  She was a project officer, social worker, and former sponsored child. We are sad to see her leave, but proud of her accomplishments. In July we hired a new…



A Kenyan man wearing a pink shirt.

Leonard health update and his reflections on the work through the lens of cancer

by Kupenda

  • Posted on April 21, 2016

  “…I have heard your prayer and seen your tears…” (Isaiah 38:4) Dear Friends, We are grateful that Leonard’s recent scans reveal a significant reduction in swelling and tumors!  As Leonard heads to Nairobi (8 hour bus ride away from his home) for his 4 th, of 6 chemotherapy treatments, he reflects on his experience with…



A Kenyan man wearing a pink shirt.

Overcoming Mountains and Fighting Cancer!

by Kupenda

  • Posted on February 1, 2016

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” (Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith)   Dear Friends, I have exciting and difficult news to update you on after my recent trip to Tanzania and Kenya.  We are thrilled about the success of the Kilimanjaro climb…



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