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Andrew’s Story: Small Things That Lead to a Large Impact

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on February 9, 2024

For children with disabilities like Andrew, the difference between a life of mistreatment and isolation versus one of love and inclusion is often due to beliefs surrounding disability within their community. In many low- and middle-income countries, disabilities are believed to be the result of witchcraft or a curse, leading to abuse, abandonment, and, at…

Loving the “Unlovable”: Hellen’s Story

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 31, 2024

Throughout the world, people with disabilities are often denied loving inclusion among their families and communities. This is not usually due to the disability itself but to the limiting views of others around them. For children like Hellen, her community’s understanding of disability meant the difference between life and death. Stigma and Struggle When Hellen…


Disability Not Inability

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on January 15, 2024

When Margaret first started school, she was already ten years old. She had issues with her mobility, which was later diagnosed as brittle bone disease. She also used a wheelchair, since her bones broke easily if she stood. However, her diagnosis did not affect her mental capabilities. When Kupenda for the Children supported her to…

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Reaching Rwanda: Kupenda’s Partnership with Uwezo Youth Empowerment

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on January 10, 2024

One of Kupenda’s main missions is to share its disability inclusion strategies and tools with other organizations so that a greater number of people impacted by disability can become more active participants in their communities. Recently, this included meeting with Uwezo Youth Empowerment, a Disabled Persons’ Organization (DPO) in Rwanda that combats the stigma, prejudice,…


Navigating Change: Silvia’s Resilience and Kupenda’s Impact

by Sanjida Azad

  • Posted on December 22, 2023

Silvia’s early years were marked by challenging circumstances. Shortly after birth, she was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and being hard of hearing.  Her father, who couldn’t come to terms with her disability, rejected her, and her mother shouldered the responsibility of caring for Silvia and her siblings alone. Silvia’s mother looked to her family…

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