The Week in Photos: Play is essential

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.


CURE Kenya

Photos by Naphtali Foster & Nelson Muoki

We’re not sure of this lady’s name, but she came up to us at clinic and gave us a hug!

We’re not sure of this lady’s name, but she came up to us at clinic and gave us a hug!

It may have been 7 a.m. on Monday morning, but that didn’t stop Charles and Nashon from enjoying themselves while standing on their beds in the ward.

It may have been 7 a.m. on Monday morning, but that didn’t stop Charles and Nashon from enjoying themselves while standing on their beds in the ward.

Anne tries to pull herself up during a physical therapy appointment. Right after we snapped this photo, she did it!

Anne tries to pull herself up during a physical therapy appointment. Right after we snapped this photo, she did it!

Cecilia is a gift. She gave her art piece 101% concentration, and she looks like she would make one fine artist.

Cecilia is a gift. She gave her art piece 101% concentration, and she looks like she would make one fine artist.

It’s time for the kids to display their artwork, but this little sweet girl is not happy; She wants her own paint, even though she will use most of it on her mouth instead on the paper.

It’s time for the kids to display their artwork, but this little sweet girl is not happy. She wants her own paint, even though she will use most of it on her mouth instead on the paper.

A ride to the operation room does not get any better than this. John, one of our OR staff, offers to carry Charles into the OR. From the smile, you can tell just how much he enjoyed the ride.

A ride to the operation room does not get any better than this. John, one of our OR staff, offers to carry Charles into the operating room. From his smile, you can tell just how much he enjoyed the ride.

God first! That is a philosophy followed at CURE, and before anything is done, a prayer has to be said. Our CURE staff held hands and prayed for a house that is being constructed at the CURE grounds before anything else was started.

God first! That is a philosophy followed at CURE, and before anything is done, a prayer has to be said. Our CURE staff held hands and prayed for a house that is being constructed at the CURE grounds before anything else was started.

There’s a proverb in Swahili that translates to unity is strength, disunity is weakness. Our staff help dig the first few inches of a house foundation.

There’s a proverb in Swahili that translates to unity is strength, disunity is weakness. Our staff help dig the first few inches of a house foundation.


CURE Malawi

Photos by Avanell Brock

Caroline doesn’t need to have a second surgery! We’re so happy for her!

Caroline doesn’t need to have a second surgery! We’re so happy for her!

Edina is back and every time she sees us she gives a squeaky giggle and asks us to take her photo!

Edina is back and every time she sees us she gives a squeaky giggle and asks us to take her photo!

Edina loves watching TV – and having her photo taken!

Edina loves watching TV–and having her photo taken!

We almost published baby Miracle several months ago when he was a newborn! We decided not to, but we still like following up with him every time he comes in for clubfoot casts!

We almost published baby Miracle several months ago when he was a newborn! We decided not to, but we still like following up with him every time he comes for clubfoot casts!

Thom is shy and doesn’t always give us a big grin like this. We had to catch it in the moment!

Thom is shy and doesn’t always give us a big grin like this. We had to catch it in the moment!

We love Hendrina’s little grin!

We love Hendrina’s little grin!

Linda’s baby was born with rocker bottom foot and spina bifida; she loves him and came to CURE to get treatment for him!

Linda’s baby was born with rocker bottom foot and spina bifida; she loves him and came to CURE to get treatment for him!

Miracle’s got some teeth coming in!

Miracle’s got some teeth coming in!

Miracle is quite fascinated by his own sock! He and his dad were waiting for clubfoot review!

Miracle is quite fascinated by his own sock! He and his dad were waiting for clubfoot review!

Felix is always summoning us to his bed for a picture!

Felix is always summoning us to his bed for a picture!

Hendrina and Kennedy are still small enough to fit two to a wheelchair. Although neither of them really need it!

Hendrina and Kennedy are still small enough to fit two to a wheelchair. Although, neither of them really need it!


CURE Niger

Photos by Joel Witwer

After going through several surgeries to free her hands from burns, Aicha can now use all her fingers independently in order to make some play dough sculptures!

After going through several surgeries to free her hands from burns, Aicha can now use all her fingers independently in order to make some play dough sculptures!

Judy (U.S. Board of Directors member) and Salamatou (CURE Niger spiritual staff) pray for a patient before she is discharged.

Judy (U.S. Board of Directors member) and Salamatou (CURE Niger spiritual staff) pray for a patient before she is discharged.

Nafiou is covered in bandages after his surgery last week, but they can hardly contain his playful soul!

Nafiou is covered in bandages after his surgery last week, but they can hardly contain his playful soul!

This is Abdoul’s second time with us. There were a lot of tears the first time, but his smirk seems to indicate he’s feeling just a little more comfortable hanging out.

This is Abdoul’s second time with us. There were a lot of tears the first time, but his smirk seems to indicate he’s feeling just a little more comfortable hanging out.


CURE Philippines

Photos by Marlene Bray

It was tight quarters in the operating room, but Dr. Dimples didn't mind sharing the space with her fellow surgeon (oh, and father!) Dr. Reyes.

It was tight quarters in the operating room, but Dr. Dimples didn’t mind sharing the space with her fellow surgeon (and father!) Dr. Reyes.

Sweet Jairus happily joins in prayer prior to his surgery.

Sweet Jairus happily joins in prayer prior to his surgery.

“He’s really shy,” Ramon’s mom told us, but he snuggled right up to our social worker Joy!

“He’s really shy,” Ramon’s mom told us, but he snuggled right up to our social worker Joy!

And then, Ramon moved on to Nurse Liz for some more baby cuddles!

And then, Ramon moved on to Nurse Liz for some more baby cuddles!

Renante is a man of few words, but his eyes are full of stories.

Renante is a man of few words, but his eyes are full of stories.

Our little man Xhian gets a little bigger and a whole lot cuter every time we see him!

Our little man Xhian gets a little bigger and a whole lot cuter every time we see him!


CURE Uganda

Photos by Christopher Mullen

Isaac plays in a basin as his mom does laundry.

Isaac plays in a basin as his mom does laundry.

Joseph lays in the ICU the morning after getting a shunt placed.

Joseph lays in the ICU the morning after getting a shunt placed.

Isaac plays with a balloon as his mom is told his surgery has been postponed.

Isaac plays with a balloon as his mom is told his surgery has been postponed.


CURE Zambia

Photos by Mubita Simataa

CURE staff unload a container full of donated equipment.

CURE staff unload a container full of donated equipment.

Meal time with a touch of class!

Meal time with a touch of class!

A moment of joy as one of the mothers received an unexpected visit from a friend of hers who is a mother to a former patient.

A moment of joy as one of the mothers received an unexpected visit from a friend of hers who is a mother to a former patient.

Maambo loves the camera, and the camera loves him, too!

Maambo loves the camera, and the camera loves him, too!

Richie knows there’s something about this play dough.

Richie knows there’s something about this play dough.


CURE Ethiopia

Photos by Mieraf Gebresellasie & Bethlehem Teshome

Sifen has a beautiful smile! She has been with us for a while now and she loves her picture taken!

Sifen has a beautiful smile! She has been with us for a while now and she loves her picture taken!

Nejat loves posing for cameras with her ridicules poses and beautiful smiles!!

Nejat loves posing for cameras with her ridicules poses and beautiful smiles!!

Our CKC Mieraf were showing Kedir, Hamse and their mother’s a photo of Kedir and Hamse. Everyone was so happy to see their photograph!

Our CKC Mieraf were showing Kedir, Hamse and their mother’s a photo of Kedir and Hamse. Everyone was so happy to see their photograph!

Aychas and her father Admasu wanted a picture together, so that we could print it out for them!

Aychas and her father Admasu wanted a picture together, so that we could print it out for them!

Mohammedur and his family couldn’t contain their joy when our Dr. Jim let them know he’s healed and doesn’t need any further treatment! His clubfoot is cured and his legs are straight and he walks well!

Mohammedur and his family couldn’t contain their joy when our Dr. Jim let them know he’s healed and doesn’t need any further treatment! His clubfoot is cured and his legs are straight and he walks well!

Daniel and Tigist we caught having a moment of joy during Daniel’s follow-up appointment.

Daniel and Tigist we caught having a moment of joy during Daniel’s follow-up appointment.




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