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.