disability

A Father’s Hope

by Lauren Blair, Thomas Katana

  • Posted on May 27, 2024

When Emmanuel was born, his parents and birth attendant were overwhelmed because they were unfamiliar with his disability. Emmanuel was born with phocomelia, a rare congenital anomaly that caused both his upper limbs and his lower right leg to stop developing. Complicating matters, his family felt rejected by their community. As in many low- and…



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The Road to Inclusion: A Crucial Journey

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on May 24, 2024

Last November, I had the opportunity to meet Janet, a young mother of four children who lives in a remote area of Kenya. As I journeyed with other Kupenda staff to her home, we drove up an unpaved mountain and then trekked on foot down a dirt trail. The mountaintop view revealed lush vegetation and…



A young girl pictured in a hospital bed in a yellow cast and orange shirt

Jenelyn’s Story: Kupenda’s Partnership with CURE in The Philippines

by Cure International

  • Posted on March 19, 2024

Photo Credit: CURE International Jenelyn is a 13-year-old girl who was born with clubfoot and equinus deformity. As a result, her left foot is curved in on itself, which forces her to walk on tiptoe on her right foot. Her family cannot afford to go to an orthopedic doctor since they live far from the…



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Honoring a Leader in the Disability Community

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on March 4, 2024

Last month, Kupenda’s Kenyan staff mourned the loss of Bernard Mwamuye, a passionate teacher and prominent disability advocate in Kilifi County, Kenya. Bernard was an officer at the Education Assessment and Research Center (EARC), which helps identify the nature and severity of children’s disabilities in order to best meet their educational needs. Bernard also collaborated…



A young girl in a blue dress smiling holding a baby doll

Empowering Ruth: Community Support and Advocacy

by Kupenda

  • Posted on February 25, 2024

By, Sanjida Azad & Martha Karo For many children with disabilities like Ruth, their experiences and opportunities are largely determined by their community’s prevailing beliefs about disability. In many low- and middle-income countries, disabilities are often attributed to witchcraft or curses. This perception leads to mistreatment, social exclusion, and, tragically, even fatalities. To address this…



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