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  • Next Appointment 06/04/2021
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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 Maria. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

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

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When you partner with us monthly, we'll send you an email each month to introduce you to a different child who was helped because of your generosity. You can choose to follow their updates and send them get well messages. That means that each year, you're a part of helping 12 different children, beginning with Maria. We call it being a CURE Hero!

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Maria's Story

I want to become “Mai dumki ” (a fashion designer) said Maria. She is a 13 years old girl who recently arrived at CURE Niger Hospital. Her condition began eight years ago. Her legs started to bend outwardly-developing a condition known as bowed… Read more

I want to become “Mai dumki ” (a fashion designer) said Maria. She is a 13 years old girl who recently arrived at CURE Niger Hospital. Her condition began eight years ago. Her legs started to bend outwardly-developing a condition known as bowed knees. Maria’s parents and the community would think of her illness as “Allah yakawo ” (God’s will). With every year passing by her condition worsened and the curvature became more obvious. In the same time, pain settled in and, it stopped Maria from doing what was expected of her which was carrying water, grinding the mill, taking care of her brothers. School became history. Four years later, Maria’s parents took her to the local hospital. Someone from the staff advised them to come to CURE Niger but they said, “We have no money”, and they returned home. Maria continued on with her life which became more and more bitter. The kids from the village used to call her, “gourgoia ” (the handicapped one). Maria stopped playing with them and spent her time mostly indoors. Three months ago a CURE mobile clinic arrived in her village. The doctors spoke with her parents and urged them to bring Maria at CURE Niger Hospital. They managed to get some money and Maria and her mother arrived here 2 weeks ago. They were impressed by the buildings and the attention they received here. Maria’s wish after stepping in the hospital’s yard was, “I want to leave this place on healthy legs.” While staying at CURE’s guesthouse she has made two good friends - Amira and Oubeida. When we asked Maria what are the things she wants do to once she will be healed, she replied, “I want to do all the things what people would normally do on earth – running!” and she started laughing.

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Apr 17, 2021

Maria got the green light from our doctors, and she is going home. We will see her again in two months. Maria was a little bit sad leaving all her new friends behind. Still, she rejoiced at the thought of going home and being with her family. Bon voyage! May God's protection be upon you. See you soon! Photo of Maria

Apr 15, 2021

All good! Maria went successfully through the procedure. The metal was removed from her leg, and she returned to our ward to heal. Soon, she will have an x-ray to check on her progress. Please keep Maria in your prayers. Photo of Maria

Apr 14, 2021

Maria is back in the ward ready for surgery. The doctors will remove the metal nail from her femur. Is a simple procedure, yet your prayers are needed. Maria is ready and all smiles! Will keep you updated! Photo of Maria

Apr 09, 2021

Maria welcomed us to the guesthouse with a great smile! Life is good, filled with laughter and healing. We are grateful to see her progress. Thank you for your partnership while on her healing journey! Photo of Maria

Apr 01, 2021

Maria took her turn on the tricycle. Now, she is heading back to our guesthouse. She finds it easier to walk around, and it is clearly a sign of improvement! Keep showering her with your love and care! Maria still has more steps to take, and your prayers are empowering her to do that! Photo of Maria

Mar 25, 2021

Maria eased herself into her chair at the top of the table and happily wrote the first letters of the alphabet. She is like an older sister, ready to help anyone in need. Soon, she will have her cast removed followed by an x-ray. Until then, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy at CURE. Maria will make sure she will not miss any of those! Please keep this active girl in your prayers. Photo of Maria

Mar 18, 2021

Maria's father surprised her with an unexpected visit! You can see from Maria's reaction how delighted she was! Maria will soon have her follow-up with our doctors. Meanwhile, she cherishes the sweetness of her dad's visit, more precious than any chocolate she has received! Thank you for your prayers! Photo of Maria

Mar 10, 2021

"Do you still have any chocolate?"Maria asked our visitors, and she received a bunch of it from them! Her upcoming days will definitely be sweeter! For now, she continues to recover at our guesthouse. Please continue to pray for Maria, and thank you for all your get-well messages! Photo of Maria

Mar 04, 2021

Maria is still wearing a cast, but it doesn't stop her from walking around and having fun. She takes pleasure in all the activities that the spiritual team has to offer to our kids here, and she is often the first one to participate. Thank you for your prayers and your kind messages! They really have the power to heal!

Feb 26, 2021

Maria is acting goofy in front of the camera today. She is as much fun as a barrel of monkeys! Her recovery at our guesthouse is going great, and she will have her cast changed soon. While waiting for her next check-up, Maria definitely doesn’t get bored! She makes friends easily due to her cheerful nature. Please keep this lovely girl in your prayers. Photo of Maria

Feb 19, 2021

Who said a game can't be considered an instrument of healing? Maria is playing in the sand with her friends from the guesthouse, and she likes winning! Her physical health is also improving. Maria is such a gregarious and sociable person and no doubt is an overcomer! Kindly pray for Maria's healing journey! Photo of Maria

Feb 12, 2021

Maria went for her X-ray check-up and is all looking good! She overcame her previous fears, and she is happily looking forward to starting her recovery process. She will stay with us at the guesthouse for now. We truly appreciate your prayers. Keep showering her with your love and care!

Feb 11, 2021

Maria went through the surgery. Our doctors placed a metal nail in her femur to stabilize the bone. For the next few weeks it will hold her bone steady and protected while it heals. Maria has her leg on cast now and she returned to the ward. Please join with us in prayer for her recovery!

Feb 10, 2021

Maria is in the ward getting familiar with the nurses and the kids around her. She admitted that she is a little bit afraid of the upcoming surgery. We encouraged her to trust God and our doctors. We are more than ready to shower her with our love and care! Please pray for Maria's emotional and physical state as she prepares for the operation! Photo of Maria

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