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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

Hadija were having a lot of fun and being silly while our counselor Kebe was cutting her hair! When Kebe turned around, she playfully wheeled away from him making the hair cutting process a fun challenge! Photo of Hadija

Dec 04, 2018

Hadija and her new friend Umer were playing a game on Hadija's mother's phone. Their friend Mohammed got in the action when he saw the camera and start making faces. She is doing well and having fun in the ward! Photo of Hadija

Nov 30, 2018

Today Hadija was part of the physical exercise team! All of the children in the ward gather around once a week to do different exercises to build their strength. They all enjoy it and they have fun too! Photo of Hadija

Nov 27, 2018

Hadija is doing well, she had another cast change yesterday and got a walking cast, the cast will help her to continue her walking practice! Photo of Hadija

Nov 19, 2018

Hadija is doing very well, she is back to her wheelchair and will need to wait a couple more days while her KAFO(Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis) is being made. She will get back to her walking practice next week! Photo of Hadija

Nov 14, 2018

Hadija had a cast change on her left leg and a KAFO (Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis) adjustment on the right one. It went very well and she is recovering, your prayers are appreciated! Photo of Hadija

Nov 09, 2018

Movie time! Hadija and her neighbor Emnet were in the playroom, in their wheelchairs, and giving their full attention to the movie and enjoying it! Photo of Hadija

Nov 07, 2018

Hadija was spending time with her mother Rehema! Her mom was knitting and Hadija was sitting in her wheelchair looking at her mom's work, but when Hadija saw the camera, she ask a photo with her mom! She still has a cast on and is not walking yet but she gets around in her wheelchair and is continuing with her healing! Photo of Hadija

Nov 05, 2018

Hadija got a cast on her left leg today so she will stop her walking exercises for a couple of days, but she will get back to it once the cast is removed and she is ready to walk! Until then, she will continue wheeling around the ward and visiting her friends! Photo of Hadija

Nov 01, 2018

Today Hadija is going into the operation room to have an examination under anesthesia on her left knee. Please keep this sweet one in your prayers! Photo of Hadija

Oct 25, 2018

Look who's up on her feet! Hadija walking well with the help of her crutches, and she has also been practicing with a walking frame and support from her mother Rehema. We're so encouraged by her progress - your prayers for her are helping her! Photo of Hadija

Oct 17, 2018

Everyone was making faces for the camera today and Hadija came up with this one! We wanted to share a bit of her spunk with you! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement for her! Photo of Hadija

Sep 25, 2018

Look at Hadija all dressed up with her new shoe brace! She had a KAFO (Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis) adjustment and an evaluation under anesthesia yesterday. She still needs to wait a couple more days to walk but besides that, she is doing wonderful and enjoying her time in the ward! Photo of Hadija

Sep 21, 2018

Hadija will start walking without her cast! Her examination went well and she does not have any problem with her knees. She got a KAFO(Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis) to help her walk and she will start practicing soon! Thank you all for your prayers! Photo of Hadija

Sep 18, 2018

Hadija was having fun playing cards with her friends Tadesse and Zakir! She is doing very well and showing great progress! She has been walking well with her cast but today she tried walking without a cast and she wasn't able to do that quite yet. Tomorrow she will have an examination under anesthesia to see if there is a problem with her bone. If everything turns out to be fine she will practice walking without a cast! Please keep her in your prayers! Photo of Hadija

Sep 07, 2018

Hadija got to cut the new year celebration cake! Some of our nurses wore traditional dresses to make the day feel like it was a holiday, since the Ethiopian new year will be celebrated on this coming Tuesday. All of the children had a blast, Hadija included! Photo of Hadija

Sep 05, 2018

Hadija spent some time outside today with her awesome friends Addisu and Tadesse, singing songs and being together! Photo of Hadija

Sep 03, 2018

Story time! Our counselor Kebede gathered most of the children in the ward to tell them some stories and Hadija was one of those lucky kids! They all had fun learning stories from the word and being together! Photo of Hadija

Aug 29, 2018

Look at Hadija all dressed up and with her new walker! She started practicing to stand upright with the help of a walker today. She has not started walking yet but she will start that soon! Photo of Hadija

Aug 27, 2018

We found Hadija doing some physical exercises with the other children in the ward! Everybody including our counselor Kebede were having such fun together! It has gotten easier for Hadija to move around without her frames and she loves it, so much more freedom to play with her friends! Photo of Hadija

Aug 23, 2018

Hadija's frame is off and she has a cast on her straight leg! She is so happy to see her leg without a frame and is resting and recovering well! Photo of Hadija

Aug 20, 2018

Hadija and her mother Rehema are so happy to hear that Hadija's frame will be removed in a couple of days! She will have a removal on one leg first and have a long leg cast put on. Please keep her in your prayers! Photo of Hadija

Aug 15, 2018

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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