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

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

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Chafaatou's Story

When Chafaatou first came to us he was quick to cry and seemed especially wary of strangers. Although most babies who come to CURE Niger are a bit unsettled at first - being in the ward and not being allowed to eat before surgery - something about … Read more

When Chafaatou first came to us he was quick to cry and seemed especially wary of strangers. Although most babies who come to CURE Niger are a bit unsettled at first - being in the ward and not being allowed to eat before surgery - something about Chafaatou seemed different, melancholic even - it wasn't just the fact that he was especially frail for his age or the fact that his lip was cleft in three. It was hard to put a finger on it, but it was definitely something.

"It was his father that asked me to bring him here," explained Babi, the woman who brought Chafaatou to CURE Niger. "I'm not his mother, I'm his aunt." As Babi recounted the story everything began to make sense. Chafaatou is the youngest of five boys, and not long after his birth, his mother died. Since then he's been raised by his grandmother, who's helping her widowed son take care of his five children in the midst of all this.

Yet, despite the trying circumstances, Chafaatou's father is making sure that his youngest son receives surgery. Chafaatou won't be able to grow up with his own mother, but he will soon be relieved of one other giant barrier in life - growing up with the social stigma and physical challenges of a cleft-lip - what an amazing gift. We pray that this one transformation would prove to be only a small part of the restoration God has in store for Chafaatou and his family!

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Aug 20, 2020

Chafaatou went home before we got a chance to say goodbye - his aunt took good care of him while he was here with us, but now he'll go back to his grandmother who's been raising him since his mom died. He's not quite done with treatment yet so we'll see him for another follow up in a few months - please keep praying for him until then.

Aug 13, 2020

Chafaatou is recovering well at our patient guesthouse. We checked in on him this morning in the consultation area as he was keeping himself busy with an empty box while waiting for his turn to see Dr. Karim for a follow up. He's looking good and getting better every day! Photo of Chafaatou

Aug 07, 2020

Imane got a big smile out of Chafaatou earlier! They're both healing at our patient guesthouse together, and it's cool to see Chafaatou start to open up. His lip is healing well so it won't be too long now till he's headed home! Photo of Chafaatou

Jul 30, 2020

This morning we caught Chafaatou hanging with his aunt while she napped - his lip is looking so much better than last week, and can you tell he's just a bit pudgier too? Keep praying for him as he sticks around for continued treatment. Photo of Chafaatou

Jul 24, 2020

Chafaatou got a visit from our spiritual director, Hannatou, before being discharged from the ward today! He's healing well from surgery but won't go home just yet - he'll stay in our long-term patient guesthouse so he can get daily wound cleanings until his lip is well-mended. Pray for this little guy as he sticks around! Photo of Chafaatou

Jul 23, 2020

Chafaatou is done with surgery! His case was more complicated than most so it took a bit longer than usual, but he's back in the ward and healing well. Praise God that it was successful and please keep praying for his recovery. Photo of Chafaatou

Jul 13, 2020

Chafaatou is in the ward and ready for surgery! Even though his aunt Babi is here to comfort him, he's a little hesitant about all the new faces and surroundings. He's already been through a lot in his short life, and his family doesn't have enough money to afford an operation, so we're especially grateful that soon he'll have free surgery and be relieved of one of at least his burdens - growing up with a cleft-lip. Photo of Chafaatou

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