Archive for September, 2011

Picture of the Week: CCW Training in Guatemala City

Picture of the Week

A group of medical professionals learn how to treat clubfoot at a CCW (CURE Clubfoot Worldwide) training session in Guatemala City.

CURE prepares for Global Missions Health Conference

For many people the changing leaves and cooler weather of fall are reminders that the holidays are fast approaching. For the GO office, the fall weather means it’s time to attend the Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC)!

GMHC began in 1996 as a way to bring individuals and organizations interested in medical missions together.  Since that time, GMHC has grown to be the largest conference of its kind, drawing over 2,000 attendees per year. The conference consists of four plenary sessions, hundreds of breakout sessions, and lots of exhibitors.  During the plenary sessions, all attendees gather to worship and pray as well as learn from some of the top leaders in medical missions.  Breakout sessions provide a more intimate setting for learning where participants can discuss current issues in medical missions with leaders in the field. During the exhibitor hours, students and medical professionals can connect with various mission agencies to learn about opportunities to use their skills glorifying God in the U.S. and abroad.

November 10th-12th, CURE will be at the conference in Louisville, Kentucky, as an exhibitor!  We are excited to share with attendees the many ways they can partner with CURE through volunteering, full-time work, prayer, or community sponsorship.  Each year we are encouraged and blessed to meet and worship with so many amazing people with a heart for serving God through medicine.

Are YOU going to GMHC? If so, stop by our booth, we would love to meet you!

Not sure? Visit http://www.medicalmissions.com/GMHC/Home.html for more information on the conference.

We hope to see you there!

Notes from Nashipai: Time Zones

Gone are the days of promising to write more frequently…that day has been replaced by this day, the day I promise to write when I feel the desire to. Because let’s be honest, for these posts to be worth anything to either of us, I know on my part it has to be organic, unforced, and impromptu. Trying to schedule my heart to produce something of worth is like trying to get a hummingbird to stop moving – it’s not very effective. Read the rest of this entry »

Mary Bernard: A day in the life of CURE Ethiopia

These are students of the graduate program in nurse anesthesia in Ethiopia. These two students will do a month-long training rotation at the CURE hospital, learning procedures and administering medications that they have never seen before, but which are standard medical care in the US. The CURE hospital participates in the only program in Ethiopia that trains graduate nurse anesthetists. Training medical professionals for the future is a central part of CURE’s mission. Read the rest of this entry »

CURE Oasis takes on NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU (yes, that NYU) has a campus in the United Arab Emirates, and the staff of CURE Oasis formed a football (soccer) team and offer them a friendly challenge!  It’s all in the spirit of building bridges, as  Trey Hulsey, vice president of patient relations at CURE Oasis, explains:

NYU Abu Dhabi is in its 2nd year of having students here in the UAE. They are in the process of creating a formal athletics department, and are still in the beginning stages. We formed a team and this was our first match competitively. We lost 8-2 (sad) but had a lot of fun.

We want to develop a relationship with NYU Abu Dhabi so that their students can have opportunities to learn more about Oasis Hospital as well as about the wider CURE network of hospitals. We hope to be able to take a group of students to one of our other hospitals so they can see another environment in which CURE works.

Check out the photos of team Oasis from the game!

CURE profiled in Central Penn Business Journal

Image courtesy CPBJNOW.com

The cover story of the Central Penn Business Journal this week is “The Business of Compassion,” an article by Rebecca Fanion.  In the article, Fanion takes a look at three Christian nonprofits who serve the developing world, tackling “some of the most dire cases in the most severe conditions in the world’s most inhospitable places.”  All three organizations are based in Central Pennsylvania, and, as Fanion discovered, all operate with a clear understanding that successful nonprofits must start by executing solid business practices. Read the rest of this entry »

Something Wonderful: Boucari

Today I had a wonderful surprise… Boucari came to the CURE Hospital! I had not see him since June, when he left after staying with us about three months. When I first met him, he was shy and did not give me eye contact. You see, Boucari had been severely burned in a cooking fire when he was four. His face was disfigured. His face was actually fused to his shoulder, and he could not even hold his head up. His face looked almost like it was melted, as his mouth and eye drooped. Scar tissue continued down his face and onto his torso — a pretty sad sight! He had never been to school and spent his days begging on the road. A missionary couple saw him one day and asked if he would like to be helped, and of course he did. It took them two years to get him there. The timing worked out though, as our hospital just opened last October. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient story: Almaz

A chronic disability can quickly turn celebration into mourning, turn daughters into servants, and can shroud proud parents in shame.

Nine-year-old Almaz Sahelu was born in Gurage region in Ethiopia, in Cheza village. She is the third born for her family.

Almaz was born with clubfeet. Her parents were devastated when they saw the condition of their daughter; they only blamed themselves. Her father, Sahilu, thought that his daughter’s legs were twisted because of his and his wife’s sin. He was overcome with guilt and said, “We were ashamed (to show our daughter to) our neighbors because they would consider us sinners and cursed people by God. We feared becoming outcasts from our villagers. We showed her condition to only close family members.” Read the rest of this entry »

Video: CURE Presents at WordCamp San Francisco

A few weeks ago, our Director of Technology Development, John Kleinschmidt (appropriately nicknamed “jk”) was asked to present at the primary technology conference for the WordPress open source community, WordCamp San Francisco. CURE has involvement in the WordPress community because cure.org is built on the WordPress technology platform.

John was there to talk about how CURE transformed our website using WordPress and to announce CURE’s release of our Personal Fundraiser plugin for the WordPress platform. This technology, developed 100% by CURE, will be used to allow our fans and donors to setup their own fundraisers on cure.org for things like birthdays or races and to tie those fundraisers back to a specific child who will be treated through CUREkids (Lord-willing, we’ll make a broader announcement this fall).

As John announced, CURE is providing the base technology of Personal Fundraiser back to the WordPress community. The release of this plugin marks a first-of-its-kind announcement by a non-profit focused on human services (which CURE is) to the open source technology world. CURE is grateful to the WordPress community for the incredible service that they’ve provided to the children and families we serve, and we’re equally excited to be able to share a piece of our expertise with the larger community.

The talk below is definitely in the category of “geeky” for non-technical types, but for those so inclined, John’s joint presentation entitled “WordPress for the Greater Good” is a worthwhile watch (John’s the guy in the CURE t-shirt).

This video was originally posted at http://2011.sf.wordcamp.org/session/wordpress-for-the-greater-good/.

Anna Haas: It just keeps getting better. And better.

Each week working at CURE gets better. It started out with the craziness of getting the Bridgemans and myself into our homes, and then trying to make a daily schedule that fit into the hospital’s routine. Now that I’m getting to know the staff better and am fitting into life, work is not only super fun — it’s fulfilling. I’ve met some of the most beautiful kids that CURE serves, and I love capturing their faces on the camera and sharing their stories. I also get to help translate some days for Dr. Jay in the clinic, which has been great, and, although a little difficult still, my medical vocabulary is growing every day. Read the rest of this entry »