Issues connected to disability in Kenya first caught Cindy’s attention when she was taking environmental classes outside of Nairobi in 1998. She saw many people with disabilities begging on the streets and was told by her Kenyan friends that few resources were available for them. She also learned that many people in Kenya believe disability is caused by curses, incest, witchcraft, or punishment from God. As a result, many people with disabilities experience neglect, abuse, rape, and even murder at the hands of their own families and communities. Those who survive are often condemned to live as beggars their whole lives. They even told Cindy, if she had been born in Kenya, she might have been killed at birth because she was born without her left hand.