Celebrating Virginia’s support for Cindy and Shehe on International Women’s Day

by Kupenda

I love that International Women’s Day is the day after my birthday.  Grateful to the many women who support our work and the women who work hard to fight for the rights of their children with disabilities both here and abroad.


March is also Women’s History Month and ends with my 93-year-old grandmother’s birthday. Virginia Rose Wilbur taught me how to be a strong, compassionate woman, and she lives it out every day.


One of the many ways she has made this world a better place is by sponsoring children with disabilities for the last 20 years.  She was one of the very first Kupenda child sponsors nearly 2 decades ago.  Through her support, Shehe is living a life no one imagined for him.


Shehe was told he could never go to school or get a job because he was deaf and living in rural Kenya. Less than 10% of people like him even complete primary school but, thanks to Virginia’s sponsorship, Shehe finished high school and earned a vocational degree in carpentry.  He now is a full time carpenter who supports his family.  He has even done work on the school he first attended and teaches his coworkers sign language.


My grandmother now supports another child in Kenya. I asked her why she still sponsors kids through Kupenda and she said


“Because it is the right thing to do and it gives me pleasure to see a child succeed.”


Would you honor an amazing woman in your life by sponsoring a child today for just $30 / month?


Thank you for making a difference!

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