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Kupenda for the Children

  • Hampton, NH
  • www.kupenda.org

Mission Statement

Tax-exempt charity to meet the needs of handicapped children in the developing world. Currently this charity meets the disabled children's needs through sponsorship and general donations for school supplies, education fees, and assistance equipment.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Cynthia Bauer

Keywords

Self-reported

Handicapped, Disabled, Children, Kenya, education, special needs, health

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EIN

16-1644867

 Number

7081039808

Also Known As

KFTC

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Sponsorships, Scholarships, Medical Treatment, Medical Equipment, Training of Special Needs Teachers

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KUPENDA FOR THE CHILDREN
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Kupenda for the Children

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Principal Officer

Ms. Cynthia Bauer

BIO

She wasn't always able to talk about her own disability openly. She was once a disabled child...now a disabled adult. It is hard for her to call herself disabled and for her to think that her friends and family would also agree to the strangeness of that word in reference to herself. It's not an often discussed subject. She was born without a left hand and spent a great deal of time at the Shriner's hospital for crippled children. Though she chose not to use a prosthetic arm (it gets in the way of her guitar and piano playing, typing, etc.), She was able to spend a lot of time around a variety of disabled children and see how they could be helped. It was this experience that made her think she might be able to make connections. Also, meeting a man begging on the streets of Nairobi with the same handicap as herself also struck home. What opportunities would she have if she had not been brought up in a family and a culture that allowed her to be anything she wanted to be, that let her experience the world and all it has to offer? What if she had been brought up in a country that thought physical deformities were a curse of God as some still do in countries like Kenya? Of course as a child not quite like the rest, she often wondered why God would allow her to be so different. She has and sometimes still does have issues with Him about it. However, she is pretty sure that if it hadn't been for her birth defect, She wouldn't have been drawn to these children quite so strongly. Their challenges are much greater than her own. She can admit and she knows a bit of what it's like to stand out. She knows the desire to hide away from other children, to just keep to herself so they don't stare or ask questions. She does believe that God "comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1:11). God has empowered her to get over the self-pitying attitude that was so easy to fall into and do something outside herself, using her own life struggles. She really thinks that's when true healing begins for any of us. She thinks each one of us has our own "handicap" to overcome, though some are more visible than others. Kupenda's existence continually amazes her. She can't stop asking herself "who am I to be doing this?" However, God keeps pushing her forward in spite of her inadequacies. Every time a new person contributes, time or money to this, she is humbled once again. There is no way she could have pulled any of this off by herself. God has brought so many amazing people with such a variety of gifts and abilities into this project. Each supporter is such an incredible blessing to the children and to her own life. Who would have imagined the girl who favored animals over people would be "called" to a work dealing not only with people, but discussing the very handicap that caused the preference.

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