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KUPENDA FOR THE CHILDREN

  • Hampton, NH
  • www.kupenda.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission: Kupenda (“love" in Kiswahili) for the Children equips children with disabilities to achieve their God-given potential through advocacy, education, and medical intervention

Our Vision: A fully integrated society where people of all abilities have access to health, education, and a loving community.

Where We Work: Our work is focused on the Kilifi region of Kenya but our model and materials are also being used in parts of Tanzania and are relevant for use in all developing nations.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Advocacy
  3. Education
  4. Medical
Service Areas

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International

In many areas of the world, people impacted by disability are viewed as cursed, leading to their neglect, abandonment, abuse, rape, and murder. According to the World Health Organization, “A billion people in the world, 15% of the population, have a disability severe enough that it limits their participation in family, community and political life." Among these, children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society.

“Kupenda" means “to love" in Swahili. Not love the emotion. But to love. The verb. The action.

We love children with disabilities by standing alongside them in advocating for their right to Health, Education and Inclusion.
In countless nations, including our main field site in Kenya, many people believe that children with disabilities are cursed and unworthy of these rights. However, when local leaders have a correct perception of disability, many begin to include these children in community life and support them in accessing high-quality health and education services. We believe this locally driven action is the answer to meaningful, sustainable support for these children and long term benefits for those that come after them.

ruling year

2003

Founder and Executive Director since 1999

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Ms. Cynthia R. Bauer

Kupenda's Co-founder and Kenyan Executive Director since 1999

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Mr. Leonard Mbonani

Keywords

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

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Also Known As

KFTC

EIN

16-1644867

 Number

7081039808

Contact

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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Population(s) Served

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Program 2

Advocacy

Educating families and communities about the rights of children with disabilities and how to support them by advocating with their medical care, education, protection, and inclusion in all aspects of society.
Education

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 3

Education

Supporting children with disabilities to access appropriate, high-quality education while supporting the staff and infrastructure of their schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

Medical

Connecting children with disabilities to appropriate medical services including surgeries, medications, and therapy.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

In many areas of the world, people impacted by disability are viewed as cursed, leading to their neglect, abandonment, abuse, rape, and murder. According to the World Health Organization, “A billion people in the world, 15% of the population, have a disability severe enough that it limits their participation in family, community and political life." Among these, children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society.

“Kupenda" means “to love" in Swahili. Not love the emotion. But to love. The verb. The action.

We love children with disabilities by standing alongside them in advocating for their right to Health, Education and Inclusion.
In countless nations, including our main field site in Kenya, many people believe that children with disabilities are cursed and unworthy of these rights. However, when local leaders have a correct perception of disability, many begin to include these children in community life and support them in accessing high-quality health and education services. We believe this locally driven action is the answer to meaningful, sustainable support for these children and long term benefits for those that come after them.

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

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KUPENDA FOR THE CHILDREN

Leadership

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Founder and Executive Director

Ms. Cynthia R. Bauer

Kupenda's Co-founder and Kenyan Executive Director

Mr. Leonard Mbonani

BIO

Cynthia's work as a wildlife biologist brought her to Kenya, where she was inspired to start Kupenda. She was particularly motivated to do something to help children with disabilities after finding out that she might have been killed if she had been born in Kenya because she was born without her left hand. Cynthia has over 10 years of experience as a wildlife biologist with multiple nonprofit and government agencies, which provides her with an understanding of the biology related to many disabilities and the skills to manage this growing organization. She has also taught biology classes for over a decade, which gives her insight into education systems similar to those in which Kupenda works and helps her present difficult concepts to groups we work with in Kenya and the U.S. Cynthia has a Master's degree in Biology and Ecology and a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Conservation.

Cynthia is responsible for overseeing Kupenda's administration, programs and strategic planning. Her other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. She reports directly to the Board of Directors. Through her speeches, writing, and networking, Cynthia advocates for children with disabilities in Kenya, Tanzania, and the U.S. Cynthia also encourages others with disabilities to meet their God-given potential by sharing the message of God's inclusive love and by playing her guitar to demonstrate what is possible when opportunities are available to everyone.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Lauren Blair

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