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The picture above is of CURE in Niger. Everyone who serves with CURE in Niger, 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 Djamila. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $1000 to treat children like Djamila. When you give a gift through Djamila's CUREkids profile, your contribution will help us continue our work in countries like Niger. Have more questions? Ask us.

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Djamila's Story

“She tells me things like, ‘Mom, you have to repair my hands so I can go to school.’ So I have no choice. I must find healing for her!” Djamila’s mother tells us with a slight chuckle in her voice as she reflects on the sassiness of her d… Read more

“She tells me things like, ‘Mom, you have to repair my hands so I can go to school.’ So I have no choice. I must find healing for her!” Djamila’s mother tells us with a slight chuckle in her voice as she reflects on the sassiness of her daughter. Djamila was burned a few years ago, right after she had learned to walk. Her family was attending a naming ceremony where the men were conversing, the women were cooking, and the children were running everywhere. Having just started walking, Djamila was one of the most uncoordinated of the children, but she did her best to keep up. Unfortunately, her little legs couldn’t move as fast as she wanted and she ended falling, hands first, into a poorly placed pot of hot cooking oil. Her hands were instantly burned. She was rushed to the nearest health center where her wounds were treated to the best of their ability, but they were not properly equipped to deal with burns of this magnitude. Djamila’s hands healed in the coming weeks, but in a way where all her fingers were essentially melted together. At the follow-up appointment, the health center told Djamila’s family that amputation was the only option for their daughter. Refusing to give up hope, Djamila’s father responded with a forceful “Absolutely not.” It wasn’t until years later that their hope was rewarded. We, here at CURE Niger, had recently completed an outreach mission in Djamila’s region of Niger where we had spent some time with the mayor. This mayor ended up visiting Djamila’s village several weeks later and, when he met Djamila, passed on the news of the healing we offer. Djamila is now here with us and, together, we are about to embark on the long journey to healing!

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Jan 10, 2019

Djamila is back! She missed her follow up appointment months ago, but the good news is she's doing great! She's been doing physical therapy at home with her two freed pointer fingers and they're getting their dexterity back. Physically, she's ready for her next surgery, but her mother wasn't prepared to stay for an extended time during this visit so we're working to schedule her next surgery for a time that works for everyone! Photo of Djamila

Mar 12, 2018

After four months with us and two BIG surgeries, Djamila has finally left to go home for a little bit. We still have six more fingers to free, but going home to spend some time with her family and friends is important. We were able to send her off with a slew of your get well messages and the knowledge that she is incredibly loved here by us and you! Thank you for being a part of her healing and please join us in praying for her as we wait for her to return! Photo of Djamila

Mar 07, 2018

Djamila's bandages are off and her finger is looking pretty good! With two fingers freed, there are still six more to go! Our medical team had a discussion with Djamila's mother and they decided that Djamila will go back and spend some time with her family for a little bit before returning to the hospital and resuming treatment! She's been here for about four months straight so we completely get this! Photo of Djamila

Feb 14, 2018

As promised, Djamila has begun her bandage change routine. She's not a fan of it, but knows it is necessary and is putting on a brave face! Photo of Djamila

Feb 08, 2018

Djamila is super sassy today and this is her "I'm-getting-discharged" smile ... The doctors are pleased with how everything is healing and they've said she can go back to all her friends in our guesthouse as she begins her bandage change and wound cleaning regimen again! Photo of Djamila

Feb 07, 2018

No worse for wear, Djamila is recovering quite nicely in the ward. It's a bit of an adjustment having her left hand in a bandage now after spending months getting used to having her right hand all bandaged up. She's handling it like a champ though! In other news, thank you for all your get well messages over the past few days. We were able to sit with Djamila this morning and pass all the love along! Photo of Djamila

Feb 06, 2018

We're lucky enough to have a visiting plastic surgeon who specializes in hands with us. He took care of Djamila's surgery! As we said yesterday, he started the work on her left hand which gives her right hand even more time to heal. He was able to extract her pointer finger and graft skin from her forearm onto it. Her forearm was used as it matches both thickness and color! It was a long surgery, but everything went great and Djamila is resting up now! Photo of Djamila

Feb 05, 2018

Djamila is back in the ward and prepping for surgery! This little one is excited for the next step in the healing process. The doctors will be starting her left hand this time around. Please be praying with us that everything continues to go well and this beautiful smile only gets bigger with time! Photo of Djamila

Feb 02, 2018

We were able to accompany Djamila to her physical therapy appointment today. It's not fun for her, but she put on a strong face and made it through all the pushing and pulling on her new finger as our physical therapist works on it! Photo of Djamila

Jan 31, 2018

Djamila spent some time with a group of local kids from one of the international schools here in Niger. They all did some crafts while the visitors demonstrated Jesus' love to Djamila and the rest of the patients. They made some stained glass window crafts and, if you look closely, you can already see Djamila's new finger making her life easier while holding the glue brush! Photo of Djamila

Jan 25, 2018

Djamila had a follow up appointment with the doctor where they found her wound is 100% healed and the bandage can come off! Now, Djamila will start sessions with our physical therapist to get that new finger operational and we'll start talking about the next finger! Photo of Djamila

Jan 23, 2018

Djamila is just spending her days healing up and hanging out with friends. We're grateful to have such a great group of kids here and a staff that loves to spend time with them! Photo of Djamila

Jan 09, 2018

Djamila's good friend Zeynab is back in the ward for her second surgery so Djamila spent a good part of the day over there keeping her company! Photo of Djamila

Jan 08, 2018

We have a long term volunteer here with us that has taken on the big task of continuing education for the kids staying in our long term patient guest house. Djamila had a little trouble gripping the chalk to use with the personal blackboards that were distributed. She managed well though and when she's done with all her surgeries, she won't have any trouble whatsoever! Photo of Djamila

Jan 05, 2018

Djamila snuck back into the art therapist's office today and had a little play time with the teddy bear there. You can see here that she's tied it on her back like Nigerien mothers do with their babies! Photo of Djamila

Jan 04, 2018

Djamila got to spend some time with our art therapist today and her session included a little spelling lesson/fridge magnet play time! Photo of Djamila

Dec 28, 2017

We mentioned yesterday that Djamila is the face of CURE's year end campaign, well, today, we showed her. We absolutely love this little lady, her reaction, and her smiles!

Dec 27, 2017

Did you all see Djamila got selected as the face of CURE's year end campaign?? We can't wait to show her herself! Photo of Djamila

Dec 22, 2017

Djamila got to join us at our Christmas party today! Seeing that Christians are such a minor part of the population here in Niger, Christmas really isn't celebrated or understood so we got to explain Christmas and Jesus and why we celebrate to Djamila! Photo of Djamila

Dec 21, 2017

Another week, another bandage change and wound cleaning for our Djamila! The bandages start out white, but get so dirty, so fast. She's taking everything in stride and has a great attitude! Photo of Djamila

Dec 14, 2017

Djamila had her first bandage change and wound cleaning today! You can see the one finger that the doctors were able to separate this time around. It's going to be a long process with multiple surgeries, but the life change coming about is priceless! Photo of Djamila

Dec 12, 2017

As of today, Djamila has been discharged! Since she lives pretty far away, so she'll be staying in our long term patient guesthouse right on our campus as she starts her regular wound cleanings and bandage changes. We were able to welcome her to the guesthouse by delivering a slew of get well messages from all of you! Thanks for loving this little one so well! Photo of Djamila

Dec 08, 2017

Djamila is back at the ward without showing any signs of being in pain. She sleeps a lot, but when she's awake she's goes back to her little sassy self! Photo of Djamila

Dec 07, 2017

Djamila's surgery went stunningly! The medical team has opted to attack her right hand first. They were able to carefully separate her fingers before wrapping them back up in a lovely mitten-esque bandage. Photo of Djamila

Dec 06, 2017

Djamila is at the ward getting ready for her surgery. She's all smiles, and is ready to get this started! Photo of Djamila

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