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The picture above is of CURE in Ethiopia. Everyone who serves with CURE in Ethiopia, from medical professionals to office staff, 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 Hadija. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

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Hadija's Story

“I went to many hospitals and they told me that it was impossible to treat her,” Rehema, Hadija’s mother tells us.

Hadija has a congenital condition called, Popliteal Pterygium, which affects her skin and formed web like bands on her l… Read more

“I went to many hospitals and they told me that it was impossible to treat her,” Rehema, Hadija’s mother tells us.

Hadija has a congenital condition called, Popliteal Pterygium, which affects her skin and formed web like bands on her legs. “But the people around me kept encouraging me, and so since she was four months, I’ve been searching for help,” continues Rehema. When doctors told Rehema there was no cure, she believed them, and would return home disappointed every time, but she still had faith. Hadija is a sweet child that comes to us from the country of Tanzania. A local British NGO put her in touch with our British surgeons here. Rehema is a farmer back home and her husband is a driver. She has two other children and Hadija is her middle child. Hadija was in the third grade but discontinued her education to come receive treatment. She spends her days happily playing and drawing and we know she'll put those skills to good use because she tells us, “I want to become a teacher when I grow up because I like to teach others!” Join us in welcoming Hadija and Rehema to Ethiopia and praying for healing while they are here with us!

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3 days ago

We found Hadija in the play area watching movies and having fun with all the children in the ward! Fun with friends is an important part of the healing process! Photo of Hadija

Aug 08, 2018

Hadij and her friend Gemechis were wheeling around and being goofy! Once Hadija saw us she posed for the camera and it made her friend giggle! Photo of Hadija

Aug 06, 2018

We found Hadija so focused on her mother Rehima's phone, playing game and having fun! She is having her frame turns everyday and her leg is showing a positive healing progress, please keep your prayers coming for her! Photo of Hadija

Aug 03, 2018

Our Hadija is so friendly to all of the children in the ward! Today we found her playing and helping one of our new comers, Kiawser, with a game. We are sure they will become best friends in no time! Photo of Hadija

Aug 01, 2018

Hadija loves being bundled up and wheeling around the ward! She's so sociable, going around to all the kids' bedsides and playing with them!

Jul 30, 2018

Most of the children in the ward including Hadija were so focused on their coloring activity today! They all were having fun and enjoying their time together, playing is a big part of their emotional healing! Photo of Hadija

Jul 19, 2018

Hadija was feeling sassy today! She spent some time today outside wheeling around and playing with the other children here. We are grateful she is doing well and she is healing! Photo of Hadija

Jul 13, 2018

Play time! Beyan and Nefissa are Hadija's friends, and they gathered around Nefissa's bed to play cards today! There was a lot of laughing and fun being had! Photo of Hadija

Jul 10, 2018

Hadija's translator Adrian came in today and read all of the get well messages you sent! She was very happy to hear from all of you and she is very thankful! Thank you all for all the warm wishes and making our girl happy! Photo of Hadija

Jul 05, 2018

Hadija was watching a video on her mother Rehema's phone, but she stopped and posed for the camera, showing us this beautiful smile! Photo of Hadija

Jul 02, 2018

Hadija was so busy and focused on her coloring book! She loves filling in different kinds of coloring books! Playtime is also part of healing! Photo of Hadija

Jun 27, 2018

Hadija, her friend Negest, and some of our other awesome kids in the ward were playing cards today! Hadija is having her frame turning and cleaning everyday and it is healing beautifully! Thank you for the encouragement and prayers you have sent her way! Photo of Hadija

Jun 22, 2018

Hadija is doing very well! We found her outside wheeling around the ward and visiting with all the kids! Photo of Hadija

Jun 20, 2018

We found Hadija and Bayu, our limb reconstructor, doing their daily routine! Bayu was turning her frames as usual and making her smile by making different faces, so that she wouldn't think about her leg. We are so thankful for our staff that make extra efforts to bring out our kid's smiles and that Hadija is progressing with her healing! Photo of Hadija

Jun 12, 2018

Hadija had a frame adjustment and she is doing very well now! Her leg is healing well and she has been such a brave girl through all the turns that need to be done. Please keep praying for her! Photo of Hadija

Jun 06, 2018

Look at Hadija showing off her hair band that her mother Rehema made for her! As usual she is wheeling around in her wheelchair wheeling and playing! Photo of Hadija

Jun 04, 2018

We found Hadija playing with her friend Hawi and having fun! She is doing really we and has her frame cleaning and turning everyday. She's been such a trooper throughout the whole process! Photo of Hadija

May 31, 2018

Hadija was outside enjoying the day wheeling around and having fun! She is doing very well and the frame is doing its job in helping to heal her leg! Thank you for keeping her in your prayers! Photo of Hadija

May 25, 2018

Look at Hadija having fun! We found her in the playroom playing with a ball and trying hard not to drop it! She is such a strong child, she has a frame cleaning everyday and she doesn't even complain even though those can be painful!. She's always smiling, filled with joy, and content with her mother Rehema by her side. Thank you for being a part of Hadija's healing journey! Photo of Hadija

May 23, 2018

Hadija was wheeling around the hospital today like a boss! She is healing very well and gets stronger everyday! Thank you all for your prayers! Photo of Hadija

May 16, 2018

Today we found Hadija outside singing a song with most of the children in the ward and having fun! She is doing great and being encouraged while at the hospital! Photo of Hadija

May 14, 2018

The kids have an exercise session once a week and we have volunteers that come to the hospital and help accomplish that with the children. Hadija was doing a great job with the help of her mother Rehema. Thank you all for your prayers and support! Photo of Hadija

May 10, 2018

When Hadija first came to CURE Ethiopia, she often had bad dreams which deeply troubled her. Her mother was very worried about her and when the Counseling Team was informed, they encouraged her. Ever since then, Rehima told us Hadija no longer has those bad dreams. Through our various play sessions, storytelling and singing, Hadija and her mother have become more hopeful and encouraged. Hadija and Rehima have shown tremendous progress during their time here. They look more lively and hopeful than ever and Rehima tells us this is all a result of spending time with our counsellors and our loving staff. In Rehima’s own word, she says she has experienced “more faith, strength, and hope.” Rehima shared with us that with the progress she is seeing in her daughter’s treatment and being encouraged by our counselors, all the uncertainties of the future are no longer present in her life. We're thankful for all the good that is happening in the lives of Hadija and her mother Rehima. Photo of Hadija

May 08, 2018

Hedija's translator Adrian was here today and he read all of the get well messages everyone sent her and it made Hadija and her mother Rehema so happy! Both of them wanted to say something to everyone. "I'm so happy to hear all the messages because I didn't know all these people are out there thinking about me," says Hadija and her mother Rehema continues, "I'm so happy to hear from all these people supporting and that they are thinking of my daughter. Just like you are praying for my daughter, I will pray for everyone too!" Thank you everyone for your encouraging messages and support - they play an important role in the healing process! Photo of Hadija

May 04, 2018

Hadija was in bed coloring alongside her mother, Rehema, this afternoon. Our Storyteller, Mieraf, got in on the fun and colored with her as well! Photo of Hadija

May 02, 2018

Hadija is doing well! We found her outside with her mother, Rehema wheeling around and playing! Photo of Hadija

Apr 25, 2018

Look at Hadija so focused on her art work! Today, including Hadija, all of the children in the ward came outside and colored and sang songs and had fun! Photo of Hadija

Apr 23, 2018

Hadija was on her bed resting and enjoying her day! She is learning a little bit of Amharic (Ethiopian national language) and she is doing a good job catching on! Photo of Hadija

Apr 20, 2018

Hadija was all smiles today! She had an 8 plate put into her left leg last week to gradually bring her leg up straighter. In the meantime, Dr. Tim has stopped her frame adjustments in order for the plate to do its work. Her mother, Rehema, was cleaning her frame when we went by to see them this afternoon. We think Hadija likes the break she's been getting from adjustments this week! Photo of Hadija

Mar 26, 2018

Hadija has a new program for her spatial frame and her correction is going well thus far says her awesome nurse, Tizita. Today, we caught her playing cards with her mother and we were glad to see she's not in any pain and comfortable! Photo of Hadija

Mar 14, 2018

Hadija was having a more difficult day adjusting to her frames, but the toys and sunshine helped in distracting her. She'll be admitted to our RJF building from the main ward today. She's been so strong and we know that it is because you have been praying for her! Photo of Hadija

Mar 09, 2018

Hadija had her surgery today where a frame was put onto her right leg. Here you can see that Mekdes, one of our OR nurses was praying at the start of her surgery! We look forward to Hadija recovering well, please join us in praying for that! Photo of Hadija

Feb 26, 2018

Hadija had her second operation! She had 8plates put into her left leg, a femoral shortening and a TSF frame on her knee and foot. The procedure went well! Dr. Tim still has a couple of corrections to make on her frame but he wants Hadija to have some rest first and will do them soon! Photo of Hadija

Feb 20, 2018

We found Hadija in the play room with Abdurezak and Yabebal so focused on the TV, watching a movie! She had a cast change yesterday and her leg is healing well! Photo of Hadija

Feb 14, 2018

We went by to see how Hadija was doing this afternoon and she was glued to one of the educational tablets we pass out for the children. It's nice to see her pain free! Photo of Hadija

Feb 12, 2018

Surgery always starts with prayer here at CURE Ethiopia! Hadija had a Ischio Calcaneal band excision on both legs by Dr. Tim and Dr. Tesfaye today. She's recovering well. Take a look at her procedure and please continue to pray for a smooth recovery! Photo of Hadija

Feb 07, 2018

Hadija and her mother, Rehema, spent some quality time bonding while they waited for Hadija to go into the operating room. Look at those smiles! Photo of Hadija

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