Why We Exist
In many African countries, people with disabilities are considered to be “cursed” by God. This is similar to the view Jesus encountered in John 9. Due to this perception, some parents hide, abandon, or even kill their children. Today, only 10% of people with disabilities in Kenya attend school, while countless others are prevented from reaching their full potential.
What We Do
Kupenda for the Children assists children with disabilities by paying school fees via one-on-one sponsorships, constructing special needs facilities, funding medical intervention, providing school supplies and medical equipment, creating awareness in the community, strengthening local churches for advocacy and assistance, and staffing qualified help for the children in need. This assistance not only helps children with disabilities to grown, learn, and adapt, but it creates awareness among parents and within communities that disabilities might be used “so that the work of God might be displayed in his/her life” (John 9:3). Our ultimate goal is that these children will know and feel that they are loved and accepted.
Where We Assist
Kupenda’s focus area is in Kilifi County, Kenya. Our work here is being used as an example in a few communities in Tanzania. Other organizations around the world have also expressed interest in implemented out model of inclusion.