In 1998, CURE International, in cooperation with the African Inland Church, opened the AIC CURE International Children’s Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. The facility was Africa’s first orthopedic / pediatric teaching hospital for physically disabled children. The hospital provides care for children suffering from clubfoot, cleft lip and cleft palate, curvature of the spine and disabilities stemming from polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other congenital abnormalities.
The opening of the new AIC CURE Play Ground and Orthopedic Workshop was successfully undertaken during a colorful ceremony on Saturday, 19 February 2011. The Chief Guest was the the German Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Margit Hellwig-Boette. Accompanying her was a representative for Staedler Company Germany, who donated pencils to the hospital patients, as well as students from two schools from the Kijabe Region. Other guests included the CEO of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, representatives from Johanniter, the Safaricom Foundation, and various government officials and NGO partners.The Ambassador was impressed with the AIC CURE Facility and was among the last visitors to depart after taking another tour of the playground and visiting the ENT House to see the magnificent view of the Rift Valley.