Published by Joel Witwer


Third Time’s a Charm – Farida’s Story

by on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:06 am

Farida is a little bundle of energy who has been buzzing around CURE Niger for about three years now. Though you can’t see it anymore, Farida was born with a cleft lip. While this condition is a shock for most mothers, Farida’s mother, Roukaya, was prepared. Like Farida, Roukaya was born with a cleft lip […]

Disability Training in Niger

by on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:10 am

Niger is a country that largely survives off of subsistence farming where each family grows just enough food to eat each year with very little leftover. As such, a person’s worth in society is directly linked to their ability to put in a hard day’s work in the fields. For the kids we treat here […]

Paul and Maureen Sloan at CURE Niger

A dynamic duo

by on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Paul and Maureen Sloan “get” CURE. They embody our mission, they love our kids, and they’ve devoted significant portions of their lives in service to the “least of these.” The Sloans first came into the CURE orbit in the late 1990s when Paul’s colleague, Dr. Ben Warf, left his position at the University of Kentucky […]

The journey to accessibility excellence

by on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Here at CURE Niger, as with all CURE hospitals throughout the network, we’re striving to serve the children of our country who are needlessly suffering from treatable disabilities—like clubfoot, bowlegs, neglected broken bones, and burn contractures, to name just a few.  With our intense focus on treating children, getting them walking for the first time […]

The Korn Family: Faithful Servants of CURE

by on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2:28 pm

For the better part of the last decade, Joshua and Julie Korn have faithfully served at CURE Niger, Julie as our Art Therapist and Joshua as our Spiritual Director and then our Executive Director. Their impact on CURE Niger was immeasurable. They are currently transitioning into new roles with CURE International in the USA, so […]

Hope in the midst of overwhelming need, in Niger and beyond

by on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 5:46 am

Even under the best of circumstances, Niger is a tough place to live. The UN developed a metric called the Human Development Index (HDI) that takes basic national data like life expectancy, education, and standard of living into account. Almost without fail, Niger takes last place every single year. (189th place out of 189 for […]

Niger’s IDP camps: God uses intended evil for good

by on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm

The east of Niger is a difficult place. It hosts Niger’s largest body of water, Lake Chad, which is the convergence point for the four countries of Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria. It’s a body of water that has shrunk nearly 95% since the 1960s. With increasing scarcity of water in a country that is […]

Ten Years of CURE in Ethiopia

by on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 11:34 am

On January 22nd, 2019, CURE Ethiopia celebrated ten years of operation! CURE Ethiopia specializes in the orthopedic care of children, treating conditions like clubfoot, bowed legs, and knock knees, as well as non-orthopedic deformities like cleft lips, cleft palates, and burn contractures through visiting surgeons. CURE Ethiopia has grown exponentially within the past ten years. […]

Staff Highlight: CURE Niger Executive Director George Găvruș

by on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm

A string of hospitals trace the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan—a remnant from the days of British colonialism in the area. For decades, Afghanistan was a forbidden buffer state between the aggressive British and Russian empires, off limits to foreigners. But British missionaries, undeterred by the advice of their secular contemporaries, were determined to reach […]

CURE Niger celebrates anniversary, welcomes new Executive Director

by on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9:25 am

CURE Niger celebrated its eighth anniversary on October 10th, 2018. We celebrated with all of CURE Niger’s staff and patients. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including: Niger’s Minister of Community Development, Abdou Amani; Niger’s Director of the Health Ministry Cabinet, Ismaril Anar Zakara; CURE’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Greg Bellig; CURE’s VP of Operations, Peter […]

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