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The CURE Hospital in Afghanistan

The picture above is of the CURE hospital in Afghanistan. The doctors, nurses, technicians, cooks, cleaners, and administrators of CURE Afghanistan are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and spiritual care to people who, without CURE, couldn't find it and couldn't afford it, just like Ali. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $2000 for every procedure we provide Ali and kids like him. When you give a gift through Ali's CUREkids profile, your contribution is designated to an exclusive country fund for CURE's work in Afghanistan, and those funds can only be used for operational expenses to treat patients in Afghanistan. Have more questions? Ask us.

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When you partner with us monthly, we'll send you an email each month to introduce you to a different child who was helped because of your generosity. You can choose to follow their updates and send them get well messages. That means that each year, you're a part of helping 12 different children, beginning with Ali. We call it being a CURE Hero!

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Ali's Story

In September of 2011, Ali Sina was born with a cleft lip and palate as the youngest of six children to a poor family in Kabul, Afghanistan. Put simply, Ali needs help.

Ali's father, Mohammad, is a cab driver, and his mother stays at home to c… Read more

In September of 2011, Ali Sina was born with a cleft lip and palate as the youngest of six children to a poor family in Kabul, Afghanistan. Put simply, Ali needs help.

Ali's father, Mohammad, is a cab driver, and his mother stays at home to care for Ali and his five older siblings (3 boys + 3 girls). Life in Kabul is difficult for a poor family, and it became much more complicated when Ali was born.

The first weeks of feeding and caring for any newborn are difficult, so imagine the added challenges for Ali’s mother because of the cleft condition. She struggled to ensure Ali received the nutrition he needed to survive the harsh winter in Afghanistan, and she admits to suffering from a great deal of mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion as she cared for Ali and his siblings.

Equally as difficult has been the social stigma of having a child born with a cleft lip. Afghanistan is like many places in the world where birth defects are misunderstood, and the whispers of friends and neighbors have caused Ali's parent to isolate themselves. With few options to even receive the specialty surgical care Ali needs and even less money to pay for an operation, it might have seemed that no one was in Ali's corner. But that simply wasn't the case. The God who sees, the champion of those without a champion, is intimately aware of Ali and his family, and He brought hope in the form of Afghan television.

One day on TV, Mohammad and his wife heard about a hospital in Kabul that provides life-changing surgery to children like Ali. It seemed too good to be true - that people from around the world would care enough to help their son. So with a sense of cautious optimism, Ali's parents brought him to the hospital to be evaluated by CURE doctors. That day, Ali was scheduled for a surgery to repair his cleft lip and palate.

On February 28, Ali Sina is scheduled for a life-changing surgery at CURE’s hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. K-LOVE radio host Scott Smith will be in Afghanistan as a first-hand witness, and you can be a part of it. Follow along on your local K-LOVE station or by following his story online through cure.org.

“and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” - Luke 9:2

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Latest Updates

Apr 23, 2013

Check out the new photos of Ali Sina! CURE doctors report that his cleft condition has healed very well and further surgery shouldn't be necessary! Thank you for being a part of his journey. http://www.flickr.com/photos/helpcurenow/8673665715

Sep 25, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 09/23/2012

Sep 25, 2012

For those interested in the details, here's Ali's palate before ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/helpcurenow/8021986605 ) and after ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/helpcurenow/8021988325 ) his surgery.

Sep 25, 2012

Ali Sina moved from surgery into recovery at CURE Afghanistan. He's looking smart! We hope he and his mother can return home in the next day or two. http://www.flickr.com/photos/helpcurenow/8021991708

Sep 25, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 09/28/2012 - Ali headed home from the hospital today. We have him scheduled to return to the hospital at the end of the week for a followup appointment. Please keep he and his family in your prayers.

Sep 22, 2012

Hey K-LOVE friends, we have great news to share! This week, Ali Sina returned to CURE Afghanistan for his cleft palate surgery. We'll have picture updates from his procedure next week but for now check out the little guy on Mom's lap. He is getting big! Can you believe it was 7 months ago when Scott Smith went there for for Ali's first surgery? http://bit.ly/PITqYU

Sep 22, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 09/19/2012

May 15, 2012

Ali Sina at his latest checkup http://bit.ly/JaON9O Photo of Ali

May 15, 2012

Look at that smile! We'll see Ali again at his next surgery in mid September http://bit.ly/L4aof3 Photo of Ali

May 15, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 09/09/2012

Mar 14, 2012

Ali Sina made is checkup appointment this week, and he's already looking like a new boy (check out that smile)! He's scheduled for his next followup on April 9. http://bit.ly/xB64Hv Photo of Ali

Mar 14, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 04/09/2012

Mar 06, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 03/12/2012 - Ali's tentatively scheduled for a followup appointment next Monday, but his next surgery will be almost 7 months from now. In the meantime, here's another photo of the little guy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/helpcurenow/6813558560

Mar 05, 2012

Check out this video of K-LOVE's Scott's Smith during Ali's surgery last Tuesday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSI7aiiTclc

Mar 05, 2012

Here's a video with K-LOVE's Scott Smith on the day after Ali's life-changing surgery. The little guy won't let go of Scott's hand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKRxm0wRkj8

Mar 02, 2012

Ali's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 03/05/2012 - The little guy and his mother checked out of the hospital late yesterday. He's scheduled for a quick followup appointment early next week, but his next surgery will happen about 7 months from now when he's closer to 1 year old. We'll share a picture and updated next surgery date Monday or Tuesday of next week. Thanks for your continued prayers.

Feb 29, 2012

We got a chance to see Ali this morning in Kabul! He was looking great, and his Mom was so pleased. Here's a great pic of the little guy holding the finger of Scott Smith from K-LOVE http://bit.ly/Avgd0a Photo of Ali

Feb 28, 2012

Ali's surgery went very well. Thank you to everyone who followed along with the live updates and pictures at http://www.facebook.com/events/327458260639545/

Feb 28, 2012

Ali Sina with his Mom, just before surgery http://bit.ly/zJocGz Photo of Ali

Feb 28, 2012

Ali Sina, just after surgery. We'll have more updates once he's awake and recovered. http://bit.ly/Ae0JVB Photo of Ali

Feb 25, 2012

Ali's surgery is getting so close now! Pray for safety in Afghanistan and for no chest infections (its winter and he's a little guy) that could cause the surgery to be delayed. Lord-willing you'll be able to follow updates live from Ali's surgery at http://facebook.com/cureinternational at 10:30PM EST/7:30PM PST on Monday night, February 27!

Feb 11, 2012

Meet Ali Sina from Afghanistan. Scott Smith from K-LOVE will be in Kabul to witness Ali's life-changing surgery on Feb 28. Please pray for Ali and his family. Follow his story at: http://cure.org/curekids/afghanistan/2012/01/ali_sina/

Jan 27, 2012

Ali Sina with his oldest brother http://bit.ly/xRWeve

Jan 27, 2012

Ali from Kabul with his mother http://bit.ly/z3Ybli

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