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Celebrating our Community Leaders, Parents and Donors on International Day of Friendship

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on July 30, 2018

Today is recognized as the United Nation’s International Day of Friendship, and as I travel back from Kenya, I think of the unique relationships formed between people of diverse backgrounds in this work. This is exemplified in the parent support group meeting we held a couple days ago. The parent leaders of 13 different disability…

Logo for the world day of justice.

Celebrating World Day of Social Justice: Zainabu’s Story

by Cynthia Bauer, Kupenda Founder and Executive Director

  • Posted on February 20, 2018

Zainabu’s story demonstrates how Kupenda is activating government officials, local leaders, and parents to come together and improve the lives of children with disabilities in their communities. Six-year-old Zainabu does not walk or talk because of her cerebral palsy. Although her family longs to help her, their small farm plot generates less than a dollar…

A large group of school children holding a banner that reads "Disability Awareness Day"

Remembering our Students’ Successful Road Block Protest on International Youth Day

by Kupenda

  • Posted on August 11, 2017

Tomorrow, August 12, marks International Youth Day, which this year, the UN has dedicated to: “Celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.” Despite the violence we’ve seen this week in the wake of Kenya’s national elections, we are proud to see that the children…

An adult female standing with 12 Kenyan children.

Kupenda Inspires Disability Justice Commitments at the Sojourners Summit

by Kupenda

  • Posted on June 23, 2017

Today I was grateful to lead a session on disability justice at Sojourners Summit with my dear friend and Kupenda board member, Patty Prasada-rao. Our group committed to get disability justice issues on the stage in the future. More than 1 billion people around the world have disabilities severe enough to limit their participation in community…

The Stand-off: Traditional Beliefs Meet Modern Medicine

by Jessica Charles Abrams

  • 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…

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