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Where is God?

“Where is God?” is a pretty weighty question. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we do think that if you watch this short video, you’ll see how God is at work in a pretty amazing worship service happening in CURE hospitals and programs around the world.

That amazing worship service? It wouldn’t be possible without donors like you. When you give to CURE, you are part of making healing happen.



The Week in Photos: Lots of ways to have fun

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

Lucho wanted to play model when I took her picture. Despite this intense face, she kept laughing between photos!

Lucho wanted to play model when I took her picture. Despite this intense face, she kept laughing between photos!

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The story of a smile

Happy Friday, and happy World Smile Day! To celebrate, we’d like to share Sharifa’s story with you.

Sharifa is one of many children whose smiles have been restored through cleft surgery at CURE. Thanks to the CUREkids program, we’ve been able to follow her story since she first came to CURE Niger in May.

It’s incredible to see the difference one surgery can make. It certainly made quite a difference for Sharifa! Here is a portion of her journey at CURE Niger, as told by Jamile Lopes, our CUREkids Coordinator in Niger.

May 20, 2014

A photo of Sharifa Mouctarou from Niger. Learn more at http://cure.org/curekids/niger/2014/05/sharifa_mouctarou/

‘”I’ve never known someone who hasn’t insulted me because of my lip.’ Comments like that don’t leave you very quickly; that was Sharifa’s response to our question about how many supportive friends she has. The more we spent time with her, the more her shyness wore off to reveal her true colors. Brave, spunky, and willing to speak up for herself, Sharifa has had to endure quite a lot. After being born with a cleft lip, the teasing and beating have been incessant, so much so that she doesn’t even go to school. We asked her what she’d want to learn if she did go, and she simply said, ‘Zero.’ After reading our puzzled faces, she elaborated with, ‘Zero, un, deux, trois, quatre…’ She wants to learn numbers. It’ll serve her well too, since she aspires to be a clothes tailor.”

May 25, 2014

A photo of Sharifa Mouctarou from Niger. Learn more at http://cure.org/curekids/niger/2014/05/sharifa_mouctarou/

“It is encouraging to see Sharifa playing and having fun during the weekend. She tried to teach one of our staff members how to play with the rocks, but nobody is as fast as her. Monday is the big day!”

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The Week in Photos: AKA The Week in Smiles

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

Diribu! This photos says it all. Since the first time we met back in my second month in Ethiopia, this little girl has stolen my heart. She’s so loving and adorable. She LOVES to kiss your hands or the back of the camera when she sees her own photo. What a sweetheart!

Diribu! This photos says it all. Since the first time we met during my second month in Ethiopia, this little girl has stolen my heart. She’s so loving and adorable. She loves to kiss your hands or the back of the camera when she sees her own photo. What a sweetheart!

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The Week in Photos

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Zambia | Photos by Amanda Goble

It's plastic surgery week here at CURE Zambia. The separation of fingers is a common surgery.

It’s plastic surgery week here at CURE Zambia. The separation of fingers is a common surgery.

A few members of the team stopped for a photo between surgeries.

A few members of the team stop for a photo between surgeries.

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The Week in Photos: Celebrating 2007, Ethiopian Style

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

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This is Birhane, one of the many wonderful house cleaners here at CURE. Without people like her, our hospital wouldn’t stay clean, and people like me would spend the holidays alone! Every holiday since I’ve moved here, Birhane has invited me over to her home for a traditional meal and the infamous Ethiopian coffee ceremony. This week was Ethiopia’s New Year, known in Amharic as “Addis Amet.” Ethiopia has its own calendar, so it is now 2007! Melkem Addis Amet! (Happy New Year!)

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The Week in Photos: TV dinners and birthday parties

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

Dr. Tim in the midst of Kalkidan'sKalkidan's surgery.

Dr. Tim in the midst of Kalkidan’s surgery for a trigger finger.

Abdulfeta came back for his last follow-up this year! He'll be back again in 12 months. He's really looking forward to playing soccer with his friends after he heals up all the way!

Abdulfeta came back for his last follow-up this year! He’ll be back again in 12 months. He’s really looking forward to playing soccer with his friends after he heals up all the way!

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The Week in Photos: Personality? We’ve got that.

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

Leyla is such a sweet little girl! She loves to make silly faces and gets so much joy when people come to see her. In this photo, you see her in the operating room about to receive anesthesia. Unfortunately, she had developed a fever so we are pushing her surgery back until next week. Please say a prayer that she will be able to go into surgery early next week and that there will be no complications.

Leyla is such a sweet little girl! She loves to make silly faces and gets so much joy when people come to see her. Unfortunately, she developed a fever before her scheduled surgery, so we are pushing it back until next week. Please say a prayer that she will be able to go into surgery early next week and that there will be no complications.

If you are a fan of the band RED and saw their most recent tour, you may recognize this face! We want to express a huge THANK YOU to those guys for sharing Rishad’s story. There is still room to get involved; you can learn more at cure.org/red

If you are a fan of the band RED and saw their most recent tour, you may recognize this face! We want to express a huge THANK YOU to those guys for sharing Rishad’s story. There is still room to get involved; you can learn more at cure.org/red.

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The Week in Photos: Artistic Healing

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Kenya | Photos by John McLaughlin

Visiting one of our CUREkids homes in Nairobi.

Visiting one of our former CUREkids in Nairobi.

While on a shoot in Mathare, Nairobi, we met a boy named Michael who wanted his picture taken. Shortly thereafter he dashed back to school. Regardless of whatever little money exists in their neighborhood, kids will still be kids.

While on a shoot in Mathare, Nairobi, we met a boy named Michael who wanted to have his picture taken. Shortly thereafter he dashed back to school. Regardless of whatever little money exists in their neighborhood, kids will still be kids.

Lynn paints Benjamin's face with a face marker in the playroom. A creative approach to "face painting."

Lynn paints Benjamin’s face with a face marker in the playroom.

Sometimes, the word "close" doesn't cut it. Ryan enjoys the swing at the CURE playground, while nearly taking me out!

Sometimes, the word “close” doesn’t cut it. Ryan enjoys the swing at the CURE playground, while nearly taking me out!

Ryan (front) and Daniel (back) make faces for the camera. Pretty intense faces we must add!

Ryan (front) and Daniel (back) make faces for the camera. Pretty intense faces, I might add!

Daniel has the time of his life on the see-saw two days before surgery for his burn-contractured foot.

Daniel, having the time of his life on the see-saw, two days before surgery for the burn contractures on his foot.

Our Childen's Mentor, Phoebe, chases Daniel and Ryan with a monster puppet in the playroom. Don't worry, they LOVED it!

Our Childen’s Mentor, Phoebe, chases Daniel and Ryan with a monster puppet in the playroom. Don’t worry, they LOVED it!

Dr. Forgot His Name is interviewed by members of our home office.

Dr. Philemon Nyambati is interviewed for a video by a crew from the home office.

Grace looks out a window at CURE Kenya.

Grace looks out a window at CURE Kenya.

CURE Niger | Photos by Jamile Lopes

First baby born through a C-section at CURE Niger

The little one was the first baby born by C-section at CURE Niger.

Father and daughter time.(The Tamacheck people are so stylish!)

Father and daughter time. (The Fulani people are so stylish!)

Washing your feet can be hard when you have a cute hand painted cast on.

Washing your feet can be hard when you have a cute hand-painted cast.

Aminatou making a temporary tattoo with henna on Adama’s feet.

Aminatou making a temporary tattoo with henna on Adama’s feet.

Binta came to do a model photo shoot! Oh no, she actually came to have a surgery on her hand. But she certainly looks like she could be a model!

Binta came to do a photo shoot! Oh no, she actually came to have a surgery on her hand. But she certainly looks like she could be a model!

Another one of beautiful Binta.

Another one of beautiful Binta.

Fatouma’s family search for treatment for her leg. Pretty soon she will be able to bend her knees.

Fatouma’s family searched for treatment for her leg and found it at CURE Niger. Soon, she will be able to bend her knees.

CURE Uganda | Photos by Mark Barrett and Edwin Ongom

During a weekend visit to CURE, Charles Miyaga, prime minister of Buganda, stops to greet a staff member's child.

During a weekend visit to CURE, Charles Miyaga, prime minister of Buganda, stops to greet a staff member’s child.

Jerald Sebali keeps himself occupied with his fist while his mother is being interviewed by the CUREkids staff.

Jerald Sebali keeps himself occupied with his fist while his mother is being interviewed by the CUREkids staff.

Moses Nyote (red), social worker, gains ground on the leader in CURE Uganda's inaugural 5k.

Moses Nyote (red), social worker, gains ground on the leader in CURE Uganda’s inaugural 5k.

CURE Zambia | Photos by Amanda Goble

Big yawns happen a lot around here.

Big yawns happen a lot around here.

Playing a game of soccer with the new national soccer stadium as a backdrop.

Playing a game of soccer with the new national soccer stadium as a backdrop.

Local wildlife.

Local wildlife.

Stickers: instant smile.

Stickers = instant smile.

After completing a difficult club foot surgery, Dr. Moyo is proud of his work.

After completing a difficult clubfoot surgery, Dr. Moyo is proud of his work.

"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am  fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:13,14

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13,14

CURE in the News: Week of August 3, 2014

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Midstate aid groups keeping close watch on ebola outbreak in West Africa” from pennlive.com / The Patriot News