Way to go Kupenda for the children! As a commitment maker, Kupenda commits to training faith leaders, families, teachers, and community organizations to be health and justice advocates for children with disabilities in Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Malawi. Learn more about this effort to strengthen 30 health systems by 2030 https://www.ccih.org/30x30-health-systems-initiative/
AIFF "VOICES OF OUR YOUTH" program will be screened at FICIE: ELCHE International Independent Film Festival, in Elche, Spain
The Arlington International Film Festival is thrilled to announce that the '2021 AIFF VOICES of OUR YOUTH' program will screen in Elche at the FICIE July 8 - 22, 2022. In addition, the trailer with AIFF sponsors will run prior to the program to an audience of more than 10,000+ people.
Festival Int'l de Cine Ind. de Elche, Spain (FICIE) as they celebrate its 45th year in July 2022.
Since working with Kupenda for the children, we’ve seen firsthand the sincere drive and passion that this team has in supporting their mission to “transform harmful beliefs surrounding disability to those that improve children’s lives.”
They’re using data in innovative ways to understand the results of their programming, and to uncover opportunities to continuously improve and drive outcomes.“ResultsLab has helped us turn our existing data into meaningful insights with actionable next steps, and build an infrastructure to make sure that we’ll be set up for future success.” Jessica Charles, Communications and Development Director at Kupenda.
Learn more about Kupenda and the children they’re supporting: https://kupenda.org/
Faith communities and faith leaders are key in reducing stigma experienced by people with disabilities. This webinar, held March 15, 2022, co-sponsored by the CCIH Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group, CURE International, and Kupenda for the children addressed stigma related to disabilities, myths and misconceptions, and how faith leaders are being engaged by FBOs to reduce harmful practices and stigma.
The panel included:
- Abdulgafoor Bachani, Associate Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit
- Earnest Kioko, Senior Director of Spiritual Ministry, CURE International
- Leonard Mbonani, Kenya Executive Director and Co-Founder, Kupenda for the Children
The discussion was moderated by Cynthia Bauer, US Executive Director and Co-Founder, Kupenda for the Children.
Join CCIH and partners on March 15 for a webinar on how faith actors and faith-based organizations address stigma and inequity related to disability and rehabilitation.
We will hear from a panel of experts, responding to questions about myths and misconceptions some faith communities attribute to disability, and we will share important resources for including disability in community development work.
Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/3Mv1FKh
CURE International Kupenda for the children Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit
Pray for peace in areas with conflict. Pray for the people of Kazakhstan after deadly riots have killed more than 150 people. Pray for Nigeria as attacks in Zamfara State killed more than 200 people.
Pray for CCIH member Kupenda for the children as they continue their work with community leaders and families to reduce disability stigma and increase opportunities for education, medical support, and community inclusion. Read more about the organization and their outreach here: https://kupenda.org/.
It’s race day at Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the brain behind Brainfire Creative, Jon Andrews, is about to cross that start line! If you’ve had the opportunity to work with Jon, you know how dedicated he is to bringing your vision to life. He’s been just as dedicated to his training for this race and toward raising funds for an incredible organization, Kupenda for the children! It’s not too late to help him reach that goal! Please consider making a donation today and cheering him on to the finish line! Let’s go Jon! 👏💪👏
We welcome Kupenda for the children as a CCIH member! Kupenda (which means "love" in Kiswahili) for the Children connects children with disabilities to medical services including surgeries, medications, and therapy. They also educate families and communities how to advocate for the rights of children. "I am excited to be part of CCIH to learn from the many professionals around the world doing their part to make a healthier world for the most vulnerable among us as followers of Christ. I also look forward to providing support and insights to help the organizations involved in CCIH to be more inclusive of families impacted by disabilities in their work." -Cynthia Bauer, Founder/Director,
Kupenda for the Children. More at: https://kupenda.org/
Tomorrow is the last day to register to watch Kupenda! Our very own Julia Spruance, Program Director, took the Waypoint-vision across the world where mountain climbing not only boosted self-confidence, but worked toward saving lives. People with disabilities are treated very differently in other parts of the world and stigmas need to change! The Kupenda documentary (www.kupendafilm.com) is about the 2016 Kilimanjaro climb made by three teens with disabilities from Kenya's coast, their community's perception, and the organization Kupenda for the children, working to change a disability-stigma that can get you killed.
Register to get the link to watch any time between Feb 13-20th as well as the link to join the panel discussion on Feb 20th at 10am. Panel will feature Julia Spruance from Waypoint Adventure who climbed alongside the teens, and others from Kupenda for the Children including the three climbers themselves, Fumo, Hassan, and Mercyline!
Special thanks to the hosts of this awesome event, Gordon College La Vida celebrating the use of adventure as a tool for learning for 50 years!
Image Description: Movie Poster for Kupenda depicting three teens standing together photoshopped on top of Kilimanjaro peak at night with stars in background. Red all caps KUPENDA with tagline Disability is not Inability next to them. Below are movie credits.
Our friends at Kupenda do such important work in Kenya and have also graciously helped us, offering their insight as we work to build our disability training curriculum. In 2016, three Kenyan teens climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with the help of Kupenda for the children and Waypoint Adventure.
See the whole trailer: https://vimeo.com/phillyk/kupendatrailer
Register now for the upcoming documentary screening and discussion: https://form.jotform.com/210215563104138
Three Kenyan teens with disabilities take on Kilimanjaro! Join us at the free screening of the Kupenda documentary hosted by our friends at Gordon College La Vida! Register to watch the film anytime between Feb 13th and Feb 20th and then tune in for the panel discussion to hear from Kupenda for the children, Waypoint Adventure, and the three teens themselves, Fumo, Hassan, and Mercyline! Panel discussion is on 2/20 at 10am. Details and code given upon registration. Click to watch the trailer and register now! https://form.jotform.com/210215563104138
GOD IS LOVE.....
Hey, here's something to do! Waypoint was involved in the life-transforming Kilimanjaro climb in 2016 of three Kenyan teens with disabilities. Our Program Director, Julia Spruance, helped guide and coordinate the trek alongside a team at Kupenda for the children with the goal of changing a deadly stigma around disability in East Africa.
This Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm, Kupenda the documentary is the Opening Event for the ReelAbilities Film Festival: Boston and it's all happening online. You can tune in! Click link to register and they'll email you directions on how to watch. Julia will be on a Skype panel discussion afterwards along with Director Philip Knowlton and Kupenda Founder, Cynthia Rose Bauer.
We've seen the film and it's truly remarkable. You don't want to miss it! The three Kenyan teens were supposed to fly into Boston for this exciting premiere, and unfortunately can't Skype in due to the time difference. But with the cancellation, now more people can watch from home and share with their friends. Register now and join in on this important discussion around adventure, advocacy, determination, and community. Click link to watch trailer.
Thank you Kupenda for the children for working with us!
We're co-hosting the screening of Opposit Content's documentary, "Kupenda" on March 26th! It's about the 2016 Kilimanjaro trek (co-led by our own Program Director, Julia Spruance!) and tells the story of three Kenyan teens with disabilities taking on the highest peak in Africa to battle a deadly stigma and showcase that they and their peers are capable of great things!
Discovering strengths and abilities is our FAVORITE topic and we're proud to partner with co-hosts that champion this mission too. Kupenda for the children and Gordon College are collaborating for the 50th Anniversary of Gordon College La Vida event, Rising Up. Check it out! https://www.gordon.edu/lavida50/celebrations.
The film and panel discussion event starts at 7pm.
Come to other showings too! Our good friends at ReelAbilities Film Festival: Boston are making it their festival opener at Coolidge Corner Theatre on March 22nd at 2pm! You'll get to meet the three climbers too! Fumo, Hassan, and Mercyline are coming to the US for a Documentary Tour! Don't miss it!
In 2016, an expedition led by Waypoint Adventure and Kupenda for the children led three disabled people up Mount Kilimanjaro, despite their limitations. Join us to view a documentary of this incredible feat, followed by a panel discussion with Kupenda founder, Cynthia Bauer, and program director of Waypoint Adventure, Julia Spraunce. RSVP here: https://www.gordon.edu/lavida50/celebrations