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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 Mahamadou. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

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Mahamadou's Story

“Mahamadou gets made fun of a lot,” Hinda, his mother, tells us. “He even gets beaten. The other children know he cannot hit back so it is a game for them. I feel helplessly sad. I cannot do anything because it will only make his life worse,… Read more

“Mahamadou gets made fun of a lot,” Hinda, his mother, tells us. “He even gets beaten. The other children know he cannot hit back so it is a game for them. I feel helplessly sad. I cannot do anything because it will only make his life worse,” she continued, the pain evident in her voice. If she were to intervene and punish the other children, their parents would be angry as the abuse heaped on Mahamadou is not only accepted, but encouraged by Nigerien society where uniformity is idolized. Intervention by Hinda would just mean more intensified abuse for Mahamadou. Mahamadou's hands were badly burned many years ago when he was very young. His aunt was staying with their family and was cooking over an open fire for some friends who were coming over. When her friends arrived, she went out to greet them. We don’t know exactly why, but possibly enticed by the smell of the cooking food, Mahamadou crawled directly into the fire, horribly burning both hands. His screams of pain woke his napping mother who immediately spent what little money they had on a two hour motorcycle taxi ride to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately, there was little this hospital could do for them. Mahamadou's hands eventually healed into two useless clubs. He cannot eat by himself. He cannot pick anything up. He cannot even dress himself.

While at the hospital, Hinda heard rumors of us here at CURE Niger. She has now spent the past few years figuring out how to get Mahamadou to us and now they have arrived! It will be a long process to heal Mahamadou's hands, but one that is entirely possible and it is a journey we are excited to walk alongside this family!

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May 27, 2019

Our favorite little cheeseball has gone home once again! He toughed out a few more physical therapy sessions last week and one of our partners came through over the weekend with a bus ticket home for Mahamadou and his mom. He left this morning with a big smile on his face (in part thanks to all your get well messages) and as little clothes on as possible, as he prefers. He'll have a few months at home. Then, the plan is for him to return for the next round of surgery! Photo of Mahamadou

May 20, 2019

Mahamadou was in physical therapy today. It was his first time there this time around so his hand was a pretty stiff and it was hard for him. He cried a bit at the beginning, but toughed it out like the pro he is! Our man is almost done with this current step of his healing process and is getting ready to go home for a while. He has a few more physical therapy sessions before he does go, but he can see the light at the end of this tunnel! Photo of Mahamadou

May 13, 2019

We got to spend some time with Mamadou this afternoon. We sang songs like 'Father Abraham' where we would sing and he would repeat what we sang. When we took a picture of him, he said, "Look, I can see your eye looking through the lens!" We then chatted about his health and if he is ready to go home. Mahamdou says that going home will be fun but he knows that he will soon miss us. Photo of Mahamadou

May 08, 2019

Mahamadou is feeling well after his pin removal. He will be discharged today and will go back to the guest house. Meanwhile, he is having fun reading books and trying to identify the different animals in the books. Please keep him in your prayers that he may continue to heal smoothly! Photo of Mahamadou

May 07, 2019

Mahamadou is back in the ward. Everything is fine, but he will be going into surgery to get a pin that is in one of his fingers removed. He wasn't the first surgery scheduled today so he had the time to raid our library and enjoy some picture books before he went in! Photo of Mahamadou

Apr 30, 2019

Mahamadou got to see the doctor today because the nurses said his hand is completely healed! Mahamadou will start therapy but will be around for a while because he still needs bandage changes on his stomach. We are so glad that Mahamadou was able to pull through with perseverance and bravery! Please pray for him as he starts therapy! Photo of Mahamadou

Apr 25, 2019

Mahamadou is now back to his normal self and he is free from having to hold his hand in one place. Today he was out the whole day just enjoying his time with his friends. He says, "Now that I have no reason to stay inside, I'll always be outside!" We are filled with joy to see him appreciating his new freedom! Photo of Mahamadou

Apr 18, 2019

Mahamadou is back in the ward today. Finally, the day where his hand gets released from his stomach is here! As you know, Mahamadou underwent a procedure where the doctors put his hand in a pouch formed from the skin on his stomach so that his skin would grow over the top of his hand instead of doing a skin graph. Today the doctors took him in the OR and released his hand! Please be praying for his recovery process to be free from infection! Photo of Mahamadou

Apr 11, 2019

Mahamadou got a piece of candy today while waiting for the doctor to look at his hand. His face looking at the candy just shows how much Mahamadou loves it and what a special treat it was! The doctor decided that Mahamadou will need to visit the OR again for them to finish up what they started. Please pray for him so that everything goes smoothly! Photo of Mahamadou

Apr 01, 2019

We got to see Mahamadou bright and early today! He was in the ward not for a medical reason, but he was complaining about the heat to him mom so took him to the ward where they have some air conditioning. We are glad to see him doing well, but he says that he is tired of not being able to use his right hand. We encouraged him to persevere through this time, but your prayers would be appreciated. Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 29, 2019

We got so see Mahamadou today! Usually, he stays inside because he does not want to risk hurting his hand. But today he went to bandage change because the doctor had told him that they need to clean his hand a bit. We were glad to see him even though he didn't say much. Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 18, 2019

Mahamadou got a bandage change today! During the bandage change, Dr Anthony asked to step in and take a look at Mahamadou's hand. Dr Anthony said everything looks fine and that Mahamadou should really limit his movement. Today is exactly one week from when he got the operation. Mahamadou's mother said last night was the first night he slept without crying. Please remember him in your prayers so that he may be able to persevere through this time. Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 15, 2019

Mahamadou has turned a corner! This morning he is feeling a lot better about his situation. There were some smiles, some jokes, and he's figured out a way to hide his hand which keeps it out sight and out of mind for the next few weeks! The doctors are pleased with the way he's handling everything and he's been discharged back to the guesthouse which may also be contributing to Mahamadou's improved attitude. The ward is kind of boring for a guy as energetic as Mahamadou and he's got a ton of friends waiting for him back at the guesthouse! Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 14, 2019

Mahamadou got a visit from Emanuel, one of our spiritual staff, today. Ema was able to reassure Mahamadou that having his hand attached to his stomach is only temporary and it's for his own good. They ended their time together with some prayer which was really cool to see. Mahamadou still isn't convinced his situation is a good thing, but he's taking his healing process one day at a time. Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 13, 2019

Mahmadou is doing well after his surgery. He freaked out a little after he woke up so we explained that his hand would be attached to his stomach, but he didn't quite believe us. He says it is really uncomfortable and his whole personality seems muted because of his situation. We really need your prayers that he'll heal well and take proper care of himself in order to make this part of his healing journey go as fast as possible! Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 12, 2019

Mahamadou's surgery went so well! The doctors released the back of Mahamadou's hand and got his fingers straightened by putting a wire in each finger, all of which will eventually be taken out. By releasing his fingers, a large patch on the back of Mahamadou's hand was exposed and didn't have any skin covering it. Since it was such a large, sensitive area, the doctors gave Mahamadou something they call a "gentleman's pouch." They essentially cut a pocket of skin in Mahamadou's stomach and inserted his hand into said pocket. The pocket skin is still attached to his stomach so the skin is still being grown and nourished by Mahamadou's stomach arteries. By his hand being in this pocket, the still growing and alive skin will grow onto the back of Mahamadou's hand and, in a few weeks, he'll go back into surgery to have his hand removed with fresh, new skin on it! Until then though, Mahamadou's hand will be stuck to his stomach. It'll be an adjustment, but it will get the best results! Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 11, 2019

Mahamadou is back in the ward for another procedure! After doing so well with his last two procedures, he is ready to move on for another one. Mahamadou said he is not worried about the surgery as, evidently, he's an old pro now! He's spending the morning playing with some ward toys. He didn't know how to use the computer, but he loves the little song it plays when you turn it on or off! Pray for him as he prepares to go in! Photo of Mahamadou

Mar 06, 2019

Mahamadou had a wonderful time today sitting on and doing crafts with one of our weekly volunteers! Mahamadou is a clingy type of guy who just loves to receive attention and we are happy to see him get it. He has been doing well medically. He goes in once a week for physical therapy and is progressing well. Keep him in your prayers so that he may persevere through this time as he heals! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 25, 2019

Mahamadou was not smiling this morning as he usually is. Today he got a cast and cried throughout the process. The medical staff put a cast on his hand so that the muscles would not try to force his hand into it's pre-surgery position. The cast will help the muscles get used to keeping his hand straight. Please pray for Mahamadou to be able to stay strong through this next stage of the process! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 19, 2019

Mahamadou has started going to his bandage changes every other day this week, but, more importantly, he's been having dance offs! Everything is going great, just don't get in front of him when it's his turn to dance!

Feb 14, 2019

Mahamadou got discharged this morning and he could not be happier! He is back at the guesthouse and is happy to be back with his friends. He loves it in the guest house because he has the liberty to run and play with everyone. Pray for him as he continues to heal from his surgery and will soon start back on the bandage change and wound cleaning routine to make sure he heals up as good as possible! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 13, 2019

We're not sure if it's because it's Mahamadou's second time around or what, but our little guy seems completely unfazed by his surgery yesterday! He was up and about this morning coloring with our art therapist and when we asked him how he's feeling, he just told us he's bored and wants to get discharged so he can go back to the guest house to play with his friends! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 12, 2019

Mahamadou has had his surgery! The doctors were working on his right hand this time. They released some of the burn contractures on the top of his hand which were essentially pulling his knuckles up and back towards his wrist meaning he could never relax or straighten his fingers. The doctors then grafted some skin from his stomach to put where they had released his hand. Our little guy was a champ through the whole process and is resting up in the ward now! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 11, 2019

Our prayers have been answered and Mahamadou is heading back in for his next surgery! Here you can see Dr. Milka checking in with him this morning. He's real nervous about going back in because of the pain and the awkwardness having his hand in a bandage again. Dr. Milka did a great job comforting him though. He's still not thrilled about what needs to happen, but he's ready! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 05, 2019

Mahamadou is having a great day playing on the playground! He is waiting to see the doctor to figure out the next steps. We're praying there are no road blocks to his next surgery and that everything will go well. Pease pray for him as he waits to see the doctor and that everything will be fine when he does! Photo of Mahamadou

Feb 01, 2019

Mahamadou is back! He's a conflicted little guy at the moment. On one hand, he's excited to be back because he's still got a lot of friends here, but being back means that he's going to have another surgery soon which he knows will hurt and be difficult. Either way, we're so happy he's back and we're doing our best to love him so well that the love outweighs the fear of another surgery! Photo of Mahamadou

Nov 02, 2018

Mahamadou leaves tomorrow! He will be back in six months for his next procedure. Today he got a hard cast that he will wear so that his hand gets used to being straight. Please pray for him and his mom as they leave and that he will be ready for the next intervention when they come back! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 31, 2018

We got a visit from our weekly volunteer friends today! Mahamadou was so excited. He ran around getting rid of all the energy out that he had stored up. Mahamadou also made a new friend today! He hung out with Tom (holding him) and played around, having a grand time. Mahamadou is such a joyful person to connect with and we are glad he is having fun while healing! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 23, 2018

Mahamadou has taken another step toward healing! He got his cast off and is parading around his new look. He has also started therapy which he is doing great in. Mahamadou never lacks a smile, but today his smile is even bigger because of his cast free hand! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 15, 2018

We are excited for Mahamadou, he began physical therapy today and we are happy to see his progress. He did cry a bit from time to time but he cooperated with the process like a champ. Pray for him as continues to go to therapy! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 10, 2018

Mahamadou got to participate in CURE Niger's 8th anniversary today by dancing on our Storyteller Joel's shoulders to the music of a brass band that was brought in to play for the ceremony! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 03, 2018

Mahamadou is a happy little guy! He is always joyful and running around, but today he is quiet and concentrated on the task given to him by weekly volunteers that come to cheer them up. Today they made mice from paper plates and spoons. Mahamadou was determined to make his the best and he is not letting anything stop him. He makes the best he is able to accomplish! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 28, 2018

Mahamadou is always playful and ready to get picked up. As soon as he saw Pastor Ema, he ran towards him and Ema picked him up. Ema and Mahamadou had a quick and silly chat using their exaggerated low voices and that was when we saw this big smile spread across his face! We are so blessed to have Mahamadou here with us, pray for him to know the love of Jesus during his stay at CURE Niger! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 19, 2018

Mahamadou got his cast off today! He started to cry when he saw his hand, sad to see it wasn't magically 100% better (he's going to need several more surgeries). His mother told him that he was doing good, that the hand was healing and that he had nothing to worry about. After the cast came off, his hand was cleaned, and wrapped up in a fresh, non-rigid bandage! Please join us as we pray for Mahamadou through this tough time! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 10, 2018

Mahamadou went in for another bandage change today. He was nice and let people cut in front of him as he waited for his turn. He was feeling pretty confident until he got in there and Nafissa, the nurse, started talking the bandage off. He wanted to cry, but Nafissa told him “If you cry, you will make me mess up and then you’ll have to get more shots to fix it. If you don’t want more shots, you’ll need to sit still and not cry” and that he did. Mahamadou put on his tough face and made it through the bandage change without a single teardrop! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 07, 2018

"Ina farin cikin zuciyata // Na sami gafara a zuciyata // Ina farin cikin kowane lokaci" This was the song we found Mahamadou singing with his friends this afternoon. It means "I have joy in my heart // I have forgiveness in my heart // I am joyful every time." And we're going into the weekend singing this as well! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 28, 2018

Mahamadou had another bandage change today. As soon as it was over, he was off running to join his friends on the playground and his favorite thing, the swings! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 21, 2018

It's Mahamadou's first of many bandage changes and wound cleanings today. Here you can see both him and his mom, Hinda, checking out what his new hand looks like for the first time post-surgery! It's a bit intimidating, but Mahamadou did great! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 17, 2018

Mahamadou had a visit from our spiritual department today who spent some time playing, talking, and praying with him all before he got discharged! While he doesn't need to be in the ward anymore, he's still far from done. He'll have to come back for regular bandage changes and wound cleanings in order to make sure his hand heals up nicely before we can start his next surgery. Please be praying that he is diligent with these appointments and he heals up in a timely manner! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 16, 2018

It's the day after his surgery and Mahamadou is spending it resting up in bed and focusing on getting better. Due to it being such a big surgery on his hand, his whole arm is in a bandage and he's been instructed to keep it elevated for the time being. Will you be praying for him that he moves past the painful part of healing fast and he stays diligent in keeping his arm elevated? Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 15, 2018

Mahamadou is out of surgery and all is well! The doctors are working on his left hand first and released both his thumb and the back of his hand. The skin on the back of his hand was essentially pulling his knuckles painfully back and connecting them to his wrist, hence his palms looking so swollen. By releasing this contracture on the back of his hand, the doctors were able to straighten his fingers before applying a skin graft and bandaging him all up. It was a long an intricate surgery, but everyone is happy with the way things went! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 14, 2018

Mahamadou has finally made it here to CURE Niger along with his mom Halida. He's a little on the shy side, but we're excited to get to know him as he hangs out here with us! Photo of Mahamadou

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