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

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

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Rafiou's Story

"I've never seen something like it," Rafiou's father, Abdou, tells us. When Abdou saw his son for the first time, he was shocked and worried at the sight of Rafiou's cleft lip. The thought of all possible ways his son would not be accepted passed t… Read more

"I've never seen something like it," Rafiou's father, Abdou, tells us. When Abdou saw his son for the first time, he was shocked and worried at the sight of Rafiou's cleft lip. The thought of all possible ways his son would not be accepted passed through his mind. When Rafiou was born in the local hospital, the doctors told Abdou that they could treat Rafiou, but it would cost more money than Abdou had. The family was distraught. Thankfully, a social worker took them aside and told them that if they made the trip here to CURE Niger, they would be able to get the work done for free. "The Lord gave us to him like this and we love him like this but if we can make his life better we will do whatever we can," says Abdou firmly. He was afraid that his son would grow up and be refused jobs or be friendless because he has a disability, but now that they are here at CURE Niger, Abdou is allowing himself to dream a brighter future for his son!

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Oct 12, 2018

The whole family was here today when the doctors had their rounds and shared the good news that Rafiou can continue healing up at home! They're all over joyed and will be coming back regularly for cleanings in order to make sure Rafiou's lip heals up the best it can. Emanuel, from our spiritual staff, was able to catch up with them before they left for one last word of encouragement and some prayer. Please be praying for this beautiful family that Rafiou's healing will continue complication free and that the little messages of hope they've heard here will take ahold in their life! Photo of Rafiou

Oct 11, 2018

Rafiou doesn't seem to quite know what to do with himself and his new lip just yet. It's probably more the meds than anything else, but he's just spending the day zoned out and trying to eat a little here and there. He's got splints on his arms (you can see the top of them in the photo here) which prevent his elbows from bending which, in turn, prevent his hands from being able to reach his face and possibly mess with his still fragile stitches! Photo of Rafiou

Oct 10, 2018

https://youtu.be/lmk75eT1KlA It's hard to explain the difficult geometry that goes into healing a bilateral cleft lip like Rafiou's so we've compressed his two hour surgery into a two minute video for you to see for yourself! Rafiou seemed fine going in by himself, but his mom was so nervous for him, she was crying. Thank you for all your prayers for his surgery, while long, it was indeed successful and his mom feels so much better now he's out safely!

Oct 09, 2018

We spent some time with Rafiou and his father Abdou this morning after they were admitted to the ward. Rafiou was a little nervous and was crying frequently, but Abdou was feeling a little more reflective. He told us, "I am really thankful for CURE Niger because you can see they do their work with integrity. They don't put anyone above another. It's the same if you're rich or poor, if you're paying or not." We're really glad this is Abdou's first impression of who we are and we're pumped that we get to be a part of Rafiou's healing process! Photo of Rafiou

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