Posts for Country Zambia

Joel Witwer: Snaps from Zambia

 

Editor’s note: Joel Witwer just began a term as the CUREkids Coordinator and CURE Correspondent for Zambia. Below are some snapshots he took during his first week “on assignment” in Zambia. 

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Joy and the Witch Doctor

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Joy is from Zambia. She was born healthy, but around 6 months of age she started showing signs of a mysterious illness. Joy’s parents did the same thing that many people in their community do when faced with an unsolvable health problem. They took her to a traditional healer.

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Traditional healers, or “witch doctors”, are common throughout Africa. Some are even licensed through an organization.

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They use traditional herbs, magic wands, and spells to “heal” people.

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The traditional healer made charms out of roots to put around Joy’s house. He made poultices to rub on her body. He said someone had put a spell on her to kill her since they thought she was too pretty.

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After almost a year of nothing working, the healer said to bring a white chicken. So her father, who was so desperate he would try anything, brought the man a white chicken. The healer killed the chicken in front of the girl, then rubbed her down with the chicken’s blood.

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Her father, shown here pictured in his police uniform, didn’t know what to do, but he did know he couldn’t put her through that again.

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He finally went to a medical doctor and was told that Joy had hydrocephalus. She was transferred to CURE’s hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Joy’s surgery lasted for eight hours, but afterwards she was slowly able to talk and, with some physical therapy, is able to walk again as well.

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Her father feels so bad for all she went through.

He said that without CURE Zambia, she would have died. He can't thank them enough.

Now, every day when he comes home from his job as a police officer, he gives her a high five and asks how she is doing. He said that without CURE Zambia, she would have died. He can’t thank them enough.

Joy's Father, T.Africa, now spends his spare time traveling across the country running support groups for parents of disabled kids! Joy's story has impacted more lives than he ever could have imagined!

Joy’s Father, T.Africa, now spends his spare time traveling across the country running support groups for parents of disabled kids! Joy’s story has impacted more lives than he ever could have imagined!

 

Change the life of a child

 

Meet Malinda

Malinda’s family thought someone used witchcraft on her. CURE was able to heal her and give her a new life.

Video shot and edited for CURE by Bryce Alan Flurie

There are other children just like Malinda who need your support.  Find one today at cure.org/curekids, pray for them, give towards their medical needs, and share their story with your friends and family. With your help, we can bring them healing.

CURE In the News: Week of November 18, 2012

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Finance Bank donates K250m” from Times of Zambia

Robin Hood: Finance bank donates K250 million to Beit CURE hospital” from Zambian Watchdog

CURE In the News: Week of July 15, 2012

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Mission hospital searching for program coordinator” from Mission Network News

 

Tom and Tim

A photo essay from CURE Zambia.

Meet the Machinko family - Mr. and Mrs. Machinko and their twin sons, Tom and Tim. Mr. Machinko is a landscape contractor that works on the CURE Zambia grounds. He is passionate about doing a good job to keep the hospital looking its best. He is even more passionate about telling people how CURE Zambia transformed the lives of his sons.

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Picture of the Week: Supporting the home team

Last week, children from CURE Zambia showed their support for the national soccer team, Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets). The team went on to win the title game in the Africa Cup of Nations, defeating Ivory Coast, 8 - 7, this past Sunday.

Jonathan and David

The Banda family: Jonathan, David, and their proud father.

Brothers Jonathan and David sharing a laugh outside of Beit CURE Hospital in Zambia. The boys now have a new sense of joy and confidence after their surgery at CURE.

Blood runs deep. There is an unseen connection between brothers. Even though you may not have similar interests, you still have a strong bond. But what if you not only grew up with someone with that blood connection, but you also shared something no one else you know shared: the same disability. One that was obvious to anyone who saw you. One that made you want to stay in your house and not go out.  One that your classmates made fun of you for.  One that, in your father’s own words, made you “laughingstocks” of the entire town.

This was Jonathan and David’s daily life.

One of the great joys of my job is not just that I make a living telling stories (which by nature I’m hard-wired to do), but within those stories I get to see chapters that not everyone else does. Sometimes, those “bonus” chapters are so good I need to go back and rewrite the entire novel.

This is what I did with Jonathan and David.

I first became aware of these two boys when my media intern extraordinaire, Stiv Twigg, sent me some videotape of their story from his time in Zambia. I immediately set to work making a video about them; they had such joy and charisma, and the father seemed so thankful. Stiv shot some great footage of them in their home doing an interview and outside their home doing karate and other fun boy stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient story: God’s hand at work in Emmanuel

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Editor’s note: This story was submitted by Harold Haamumba, Spiritual Centre Director at CURE Zambia.

Being explorers is expected for children, especially those under twelve. They believe they can do what the other older people are doing without difficulty. This is what happened one afternoon as Emmanuel’s cousin tried to ride a bicycle with Emmanuel (5 years old) on a carrier. Their uncle came visiting from the next village, and he came on a bicycle. The two children saw that he had come with the bicycle and asked if they could ride it around the village. Their uncle reluctantly agreed. It was just hardly a week from the time Emmanuel’s cousin (10 years old) learned how to ride a bicycle. It looked normal, and no one saw the need to stop them from riding.

According to Emmanuel’s mother, Jennifer Machona, they did not even go a long way from the village. The people in the village just heard a bang and crying from the two boys who got the bicycle.

Emmanuel’s cousin had failed to control the bicycle. They were both injured, but Emmanuel’s injuries were more serious.

The people who were in the village rushed to rescue them. Blood was gushing from Emmanuel’s mouth, while his cousin had a fractured hand. They rushed them to Zimba Mission Hospital, about 5 km from their village, on two bicycles. They were both admitted. At the hospital, they were told that Emmanuel had badly hurt his vocal cords and his tongue was partly cut as well. They stayed in the hospital for close to a month before they were discharged. Emmanuel never fully recovered from the accident injuries, according to Jennifer, and life for their family was never the same again.

Emmanuel started losing his voice so often that they decided to send him to Beit CURE Hospital of Zambia (Zimba Mission Hospital now has a relationship with CURE Zambia, making referrals like this easier).  It was now two years  after the accident.   Emmanuel was seen by the ENT surgeon, Dr. Uhta, who admitted  him on February 1, 2011.  Emmanuel had surgery two days later and was discharged after six days of recovery.

“I can only see God working in my son’s life,” said Jennifer prior to her son’s operation. According to Jennifer, life for her and her family was okay until three years ago when Emmanuel was involved in the accident. “We started having sleepless nights because Emmanuel would wake up at night like he was choking, and he could not sleep again.” This lack of sleep stressed them very much as a family.

Now, after her son’s operation, Jennifer is sleeping like a baby. It had been a long time since she had enjoyed a peaceful night’s sleep. Jennifer is now going home looking happy and unstressed. She is grateful to God for all His works on her son. She cannot wait to meet with her family so that they can also see how Emmanuel has improved. As she goes home, we thank God for His mercies and the love He has shown, and we pray that all goes well in their lives.

A Day In Pictures at CURE Zambia