Tag: Child

Meet Rebecca: An Intern’s Experience with Kupenda

by Rebecca Majeau

I took Politics of the Developing World with Dr. Melkonian in the fall of my sophomore year at Gordon College. As part of the course, Dr. Melkonian had various guest speakers come to our class to discuss their work with various non-profits and faith-based organizations. One of such guest speakers was Cynthia Bauer, the Executive…



“More than a Good Cause”: An Interview with Our Book Author, Board Chair and Supporter, Lauren Blair

by Jessica Charles

This month I had the honor of interviewing, Lauren Blair, the author of “An Unlikely Gift” – a book about Kupenda’s work and history. In addition to traveling to Kenya 4 times, including to interview Kenyan families and leaders for this book, Lauren has also served on Kupenda’s Board for the past 12 years and…



300 New Kenyan Children with Disabilities in Need of Support

by Kupenda

Over the past year, through our Covid-19 Response Program, Kupenda’s field staff and local leader child advocates have identified over 300 new children with disabilities in Kilifi, Kenya. More than 65% of these children were in need of care for illness, malnutrition, abuse, or neglect, which we’ve provided through remote counseling and service referrals (using…



Safari Overcomes Loss, Poverty and Stigma

by Kupenda

Twenty-two years ago, when Kupenda’s founder, Cynthia Bauer, visited Kenya for the first time, Safari Shida was just a year old. At that time, Safari’s parents were struggling to cope with the fact that he had been born deaf, as there were few services for the hearing impaired and many in their community believed the…



“It all comes down to love” Reflections on our Documentary from People with Disabilities

by Kupenda

“Nothing for us without us.” A long-standing reminder about the importance of including people with disabilities in interventions designed to support them. With this in mind, we invited our friend Susie Lotharius to host a screening of our “KUPENDA” documentary for a group she runs in Atlanta, Georgia, called Every Voice Matters. Members of this…



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