Smiles from around Kenya

Earlier this year, I accompanied a group from CURE Kenya to the western part of the country for a trip on health education and promotion in schools and villages. It’s a rainy season in that part of the country, and after traveling several hundred kilometers on tarmac and long stretches of muddy roads, we were able to reach several schools and villages with a message of hope for the physically challenged children in their communities.

Through the journey, we met many different kinds of people. Some had children from their villages treated at CURE or had heard of CURE from word of mouth. In one school, the principal was more than happy to to receive us. “You are from Kijabe? Your hospital did a great thing to my son some years back!” he told us excitedly. Others had never heard of CURE and didn’t even know that some of the deformities affecting their village’s population could be corrected. “I don’t believe it; how can surgery be done on a bone?” one parent asked us.

Despite the challenges, in every school and village we went to, we were received with warm and genuine smiles by the children. Some knew about us from their friends and were excited to see us. Others were just glad to have visitors around. We captured some of those smiles to share with you as a “thank you” for helping make ministering to these young ones possible and changing their lives.

Kids and from Faith Care Primary say goodbye to us with smiles so wide

Kids and from Faith Care Primary say goodbye to us with smiles so wide

Kids and from Faith Care Primary say goodbye to us with smiles so wide

Andrew and his friends pose for a photo, with their shy smiles. Andrew (1st from right) has a spine deformity and will soon be joining us soon in CURE Kijabe

Andrew and his friends pose for a photo, with their shy smiles. Andrew (1st from right) has a spine deformity and will soon be joining us soon at CURE Kijabe

We find Richard happily playing with his brothers and they don’t mind posing for some crazy photos. Richard also has a spine deformity and will be joining us soon for a spine surgery.

We find Richard happily playing with his brothers, and they don’t mind posing for some crazy photos. Richard also has a spine deformity and will be joining us soon for a spine surgery.

We find Richard happily playing with his brothers and they don’t mind posing for some crazy photos. Richard also has a spine deformity and will be joining us soon for a spine surgery.

John (In blue sweater) has some cool friends! He wasn't so happy when he saw us at his home as he thought he would be going with us.

John (in blue sweater) has some cool friends! He wasn’t so happy when he saw us at his home as he thought he would be going with us.

John's friends!

John’s friends!

More love and smiles from Kasowo Primary School. Some kids from the school will also be coming to CURE for surgery.

More love and smiles from Kasowo Primary School. Some kids from the school will also be coming to CURE for surgery.

More love and smiles from Kasowo Primary School. Some kids from the school will also be coming to CURE for surgery.

This cute boy dropped out of school after a fire accident, he came back to school a few weeks ago, just in time to to learn that he can get help from CURE.

This cute boy dropped out of school after a fire accident, he came back to school a few weeks ago, just in time to to learn that he can get help from CURE.

 

This school in Pokot was happy to have visitors around and when it was time for some pics they all put on their best smiles.

This school in Pokot was happy to have visitors around, and when it was time for some pics they all put on their best smiles.

This school in Pokot was happy to have visitors around and when it was time for some pics they all put on their best smiles.

This school in Pokot was happy to have visitors around and when it was time for some pics they all put on their best smiles.

Welcoming Brian back! Brian had a knee surgery in CURE earlier on this year and he is now back to school.

Welcoming Brian back! Brian had a knee surgery in CURE earlier on this year and he is now back to school.

 

Just when we thought smiles couldn’t get any wider, these lovely students from Magadi Primary School give us their best.

Just when we thought smiles couldn’t get any wider, these lovely students from Magadi Primary School give us their best.

Just when we thought smiles couldn’t get any wider, these lovely students from Magadi Primary School give us their best.

Just when we thought smiles couldn’t get any wider, these lovely students from Magadi Primary School give us their best.


Photo of the Nelson Muoki

About the Author:

Nelson is a CURE Storyteller at the AIC-CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya.

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