Maureen Sloan, who’s part of our GO Team in Uganda, has been keeping a blog of the team’s activities.
Everyone has a great weekend.
This week’s cover of Time Magazine features a young Afghan woman who has been disfigured by the Taliban. Time’s editor, Richard Stengel, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the decision to put Aisha on the cover and the broader issue of what will happen to women like her if the U.S. leaves Afghanistan.
As I read Aisha’s story, I learned that she was traveling to the U.S. for treatment. This isn’t a new story, but it is one that is sometimes difficult to understand. The organizations and individuals involved have the best intentions, but taking a patient to the U.S. isn’t always the only option.
Our gratitude goes out to ARS Humano for its generous donation of more than $13,000 to treat patients with scoliosis at the CURE Dominican Republic hospital.
The money is being used to provide surgical care to children with this condition. Scoliosis curves the spine and can lead to arthritis, respiratory problems and other complications as a child progresses to adulthood. This donation will enable the hospital to cure this condition through advanced surgical care.
Thanks again to ARS Humano!
Phil Hudson, CURE’s Haiti relief director, is back in the U.S. for a few days. He took some time out of his schedule to talk with Mission Network News about the current situation in Haiti and what role CURE International continues to play in the recovery efforts…
Go here to read and listen. To listen to audio, click on The Story in Audio link at the upper right hand side of the page.
We’ve gotten a lot of great stuff from the field this week. We, of course, want to make sure we share it with you! Dr. Gary Roark, CURE Niger’s medical director, took some time from his preparations for the hospital’s grand opening this fall to send an update last Sunday:
Good afternoon! We just arrived back from a church service in Niamey, had some lunch, and I wanted to sit down to write an update before I have some quiet time.
We received this story from Mary Walker, a friend of CURE who spent some time at the CURE Uganda hospital earlier this month…
Having been a guest at the CURE International hospital in Mbale, Uganda, last week, I was able to accompany the spiritual director, Miriam, on daily rounds in the baby ward visiting and praying with mothers with babies suffering from hydrocephalus, spina bifida and other neurological disorders.
Varun Prasath is a ninth-grade student at Radnor High School in Wayne, Penn.
Last year, his younger sister was in preschool at Heritage School at Church of the Saviour in Wayne, Penn. The preschool had a special program to support CURE Clubfoot Worldwide. Each child brought extra change from home to help cure a child with clubfoot in the developing world.
Through this program, Varun learned about CCW. Since his parents are both originally from Chennai, India, he especially became interested in the CURE Clubfoot Worldwide initiative in India. He decided to take on his own fundraising project with students and family.
Just a couple of days ago, Varun presented CCW Executive Director Andrew Mayo with a check for $1,000, which is enough to sponsor clubfoot treatment for four children in India. A great job and thank you to Varun!
Remember, if you have your own CURE fundraiser, we’d love to hear about it. Send me an email.
Amy Fann leads the Zambia Go Team, which arrives in the country on July 22. Amy traveled to the CURE Zambia hospital last year and came back from Africa a changed woman. As she put it, “I left my heart in Africa.” Now, she’s ready to go back and help minister to our young patients. She shared some of her insights into her upcoming trip:
The sight of 3-year-old Adam struggling to walk next to his mother was very familiar to those in their small Malawi village. Adam had bowed legs. Instead of being straight like normal, his legs each curved like a banana. Walking any distance caused great pain and fatigue for the little boy.
This greatly saddened his mother. Adam was her only child, and he meant the world to her. She realized what this disability probably meant to her son as he got older unless they could find specialized treatment. He could lose out on opportunities for an education and would endure the scorn of those around him.
Thankfully, the story does not end there.