He wipes away the tears and brings a smile

Elizabeth, firstborn to her parents Josephine and James, was born perfectly healthy in January 2014. A few days after her birth, however, she started to develop fevers. Her parents took her to a nearby health center where she was admitted and treated, but her condition did not improve. Within the next month, Elizabeth started to have seizures, her head became enlarged, and her eyes began to sunset. Josephine and James became increasingly worried as her health continued to deteriorate and more complications developed. They took Elizabeth to several clinics, but their efforts were fruitless.

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Latest pictures from the Philippines

The Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, continues to move forward toward completion! Here are some recent pictures of the building progress:

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The lobby, looking beautiful even before furniture arrives.

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A room with a view.

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The lighting on the sign really makes it come to life.

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We are looking forward to serving the busy city of Davao!

Will you keep our newest CURE hospital in your prayers as we near the end of the building phase and move toward staffing and making preparations for opening? We appreciate your continued support!

Mead Minutes: Acts of Service

Good morning from the Meads! I am sitting here in the living room, looking out the windows, and see a single dirty remnant of the winter’s snow. The ground is finally clearing up. Yesterday, I finished the spring preparations of our yard. Today, I sip a steamy cup of Kenyan AA coffee in celebration of our approaching trip to Africa.

Preparing for overseas travel does take some thought and work. We are going to the CURE Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, first. Two weeks later, we board another flight and will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to visit the CURE Hospital there. We can obtain a visa upon arrival in Nairobi, but I need a special type of visa for my time in Ethiopia. Of course many other details come into play for the trips. I have been searching around for items that will assist the surgeons in the CURE Hospitals. I am known as a “scrounger” if the role is needed. We will bring some “US comfort food” for friends. Oh, yes, and I suppose we should bring clothing along? Kijabe will be cool and Ethiopia may have some rain. Dress clothes? Shorts? Exercise clothing? I admit (and my family will confirm) that the available space for clothing, given the other supplies we carry, is always limited. Two fifty-pound bags for each traveler fill up quickly.

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The Week in Photos: Bravery

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia / Photos by Bryan Fay

Boys will be boys... in any culture.

Boys will be boys… in any culture.

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Meet Nolawit

You may not know Bryce Alan Flurie by name, but if you’ve been following CURE for any length of time, you’ve seen his work. Bryce is our Multimedia Producer; he travels the world with his camera at the ready, visiting CURE hospitals and getting to know the kids we’ve been privileged to heal. Few, however, have touched him like a girl from Ethiopia named Nolawit.

Did you enjoy Nolawit’s story? Share it on social media or with friends and family using the link cure.org/meetnolawit

There are more children just like Nolawit waiting for healing. You can help end the wait by partnering with CURE today. Your gift will help fund more surgeries, bringing more children off the waiting list and into the hospital.

Partner with us for $28/month or more, and we’ll introduce you to the child your gift will help. You will receive updates on his or her progress. We’ll also send you a copy of the 2014 CURE Photobook as a thank-you gift.

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This coffee table book features Nolawit’s story, the Gospel of Mark, and more pictures of CURE’s work around the world.

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Dagne brings light and joy to CURE Ethiopia

Our CUREkids Coordinators are CURE’s eyes and ears on the ground in our hospitals. They not only file photos and updates on each CUREkid but also act as Correspondents, giving us a glimpse of life at the CURE hospital and in the country and culture in which the hospital serves. The following is part of the Correspondent series, filed by Bryan Fay, our CUREkids Coordinator in Ethiopia.

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CUREkids Coordinator Bryan Fay with Dagne

Imagine growing up with six siblings: two sisters and four brothers. You live in a rural area of a developing country without access to anything many of us take for granted – things like taking a shower, going to a supermarket in one of our family cars, turning on a TV, or having a latte and a pastry at the local cafe. Dagne Adane is a 16-year-old boy who lives the life you just imagined.

After living this way for so long he decided to move away from his family in the countryside to the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, in search of work in a flour mill. He desperately wanted to help provide for himself and his family. Along with working, he was also studying to become a pastor. He was unable to complete his studies due to an injury he sustained at the mill. One day while carrying a sack of flour, he twisted a joint in his hip. He considered it to be a minor injury so he kept working. After some time, the pain began to worsen to the point that he was unable to walk or stand. He wasn’t able to work to provide for his family.

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Meeting Kevin

From the start, my recent trip to the Dominican Republic was a constantly unfolding surprise. For one, I never imagined I’d be given an opportunity to visit one of our hospitals so soon; I was hired in December, moved to Pennsylvania in January, and on a plane to Santo Domingo in February. I was also surprised to find myself on a creative team to capture photos, videos, and stories. My confidence level in the creative arena (or, let’s face it, any arena) tends to vacillate between slim and none, so I was more than a little intimidated by the prospect of working alongside professional creatives… as a professional creative myself.

Perhaps most of all, I was surprised to find that the trip began in earnest before I ever stepped foot on Dominican soil.

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CURE In the News: Week of April 6th, 2014

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CURE International’s UCURE Roadtrip :: Religious Affairs on Campus” by Auburn Family

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Sewing ministry visits CURE Children’s Hospital” by Good News Productions International Africa

The Week in Photos: Friends Helping Friends

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia / Photos by Bryan Fay

Hiwot loves simple attention. She calls us over any time we are in view just so she can smile at us. She loves to hide her face, but thankfully with the beautiful morning sun and her attention we were able to capture her personality in this shot!

Hiwot loves simple attention. She calls us over any time we are in view just so she can smile at us. She loves to hide her face, but thankfully with the beautiful morning sun and her attention we were able to capture her personality in this shot!

Tamiru loves to play soccer! We decided to bring a ball and play with him - for the last time with two clubfeet!

Tamiru loves to play soccer! We decided to bring a ball outside to play with him – for the last time with two clubfeet!

This is a little boy who was here at clinic last Friday. Per usual, kids love clinic days. They get to be around all the other kids and have nothing to fear, so he was enjoying jumping in front of the camera!

This is a little boy who was here at clinic last Friday. Per usual, kids love clinic days. They get to be around all the other kids and have nothing to fear, so he was enjoying jumping in front of the camera!

CURE Kenya / Photos by John McLaughlin

Dennis, 5-months, wiggles, squirms and cries during the casting process to correct his clubfeet on Wednesday.

Dennis, 5-months, wiggles, squirms, and cries during the casting process to correct his clubfeet on Wednesday.

Sometimes, you just need a hand getting to the OR. Gladys gives Nguli a ride because he is unable to walk there himself.

Sometimes, you just need a hand getting to the OR. Gladys gives Nguli a ride because he is unable to walk there himself.

Dr. Chege works on a patient as John Mwangi repositions the light for him during a surgery.

Dr. Chege works on a patient as John Mwangi repositions the light for him during a surgery.

One of our nursing students holds the hand of a patient as they get ready to scrub the surgery site with iodine.

One of our nursing students holds the hand of a patient as they get ready to scrub the surgery site with iodine.

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Idess and her mother listen cheerfully as doctors tell them she can begin extending her arm during physical therapy.

Idess and her mother listen cheerfully as doctors tell them she can begin extending her arm during physical therapy.

Doctors check the healing on Enock's skin flap that was placed over his burn contracture during ward rounds.

Doctors check the healing on Enock’s skin flap that was placed over his burn contracture during ward rounds.

Daniel gets the finishing touches of his haircut.

Daniel gets the finishing touches of his haircut.

Yamikani spent almost all of his 50 days in the hospital on bed rest, but he found a way of creating a comfortable space for himself.

Yamikani spent almost all of his 50 days in the hospital on bed rest, but he found a way of creating a comfortable space for himself.

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Mother Annet works with her daughter, Gracious, after being shown several exercises by the physical therapist.

Mother Annet works with her daughter, Gracious, after being shown several exercises by the physical therapist.

Siblings staying close to each other while mom is busy washing clothes.

Siblings staying close to each other while mom is busy washing clothes.

Spiritual Director Miriam Ongom visited with a lady who came to know Christ while at CURE.  She returned to CURE to share her testimony.

Spiritual Director Miriam Ongom visited with a lady who came to know Christ while at CURE. She returned to CURE to share her testimony.

CURE Zambia / Photos by Joel Witwer

Head Nurse, Justin, walks around the hospital grounds with Blessings.

Head Nurse Justin walks around the hospital grounds with Blessings.

Yambeta, right, comforts Kennedy, left, before surgery.

Yambeta, right, comforts Kennedy, left, before surgery.

Loven enjoys the morning sunlight as she waits to be called into surgery.

Loven enjoys the morning sunlight as she waits to be called into surgery.

Emmanuel has been with us on and off over the past few months and he's finally at the point where his legs can keep up with his massive amount of energy and personality!

Emmanuel has been with us on and off over the past few months and he’s finally at the point where his legs can keep up with his massive amount of energy and personality!

Mead Minutes: Willing to serve

Greetings from the Meads! Each morning the piles of snow appear a bit smaller. The irregular brown sheets of ground are slowly claiming their place in spring. I await the rebirth miracle as each patch of dead grass is substituted with a fine green tint heralding the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Soon, like brilliant exclamation points, colorful tulips and daffodils will arise and bring smiles to winter weary residents. No matter how severe the winter storms are or how long the cold lasts, there is always spring. We live in the miracle of seasons, both in nature and in life.

We are in the process of gathering supplies and preparing for another trip overseas to Africa. We will first be traveling to Kijabe, Kenya, the site of the first CURE hospital and the place that feels most like home for us. After a couple of weeks in Kijabe, we will travel on to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to work at the CURE hospital there.

Tough guys in Kenya

Tough guys in Kenya

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