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

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Ireen's Story

“She brings reports nearly everyday, she doesn’t like to be looked at and she has short temper. Whoever looks at her leg for a long time, she get’s angry and reacts,” reports Josephine, Ireen's mother.

Irene has a disability, which h… Read more

“She brings reports nearly everyday, she doesn’t like to be looked at and she has short temper. Whoever looks at her leg for a long time, she get’s angry and reacts,” reports Josephine, Ireen's mother.

Irene has a disability, which has planted a seed of anger in her. She feels uncomfortable when people stare at her, especially at her leg. Even when we were taking photos of her, we had to try several times to convince her that she is beautiful and looks beautiful by showing her the photos. She eventually relaxed, eased up and shared a smile. It will be so exciting to show her after healing is complete as to how far she has come!

Josephine narrated that Irene was injured when she was one year old, “When she was sleeping, the bedroom wall collapsed and fell on her, which badly injured her legs. At the hospital they applied bandages when she was still swollen and then a reaction made the skin turn like she got burned. Deep wounds developed to an extent that even the bone on the leg was showing. They had to do an operation to remove the flesh from the thighs to patch up the wounds on the leg. Due to the deepness of the wounds, we spent almost a year in the hospital.”

Irene has grown up with bitterness coupled with anger, which makes her violent sometimes. “There was a time she went to the village to stay with the grandparents, they sent her back because she used to beat her cousins in the village when they laughed at her, it continued for some time until they sent her back because of her violent behavior,” recounted Josephine.

This eleven year old, has what's called a severe left equinus, a downward bending of the foot which was difficult to treat at an early age because of the deep wounds on her leg that took so long to heal.

Her mother a laments about how difficult it has been for them, sharing moments when she gave up and moments when God intervened for Ireen’s situation. “There was a time I walked out of the hospital because the bone was outside and they were not giving her any medication, I gave up. When I went home, people at home encouraged me to go back and that’s how I went back.” Excitingly, she shares how God has been there for them and we also believe that He is working in their lives! “When I took her to the hospital immediately after the accident, she was not eating and not even moving for a month. I used to say, 'may God do what he wants to her', then God brought her back to life. Because of this experience, even now when I want to do something wrong, I think what God did to her and I change my mind.”

Ireen is in grade three and the third born in the family of five. She complains of pain in her leg when she walks long distances. There is a Catholic nun who identified her and has been giving them practical help, especially with nutrition because Josephine's supply is inadequate. Her sponsor knew about CURE Zambia and arrangements were made for her to get a referral to CURE for specialized treatment on her left leg.

We are excited that they are here and that our treatment approach does not only concentrate on her physical healing, but we equally attach great importance to spiritual and emotional healing. We believe that by the time Ireen will be walking out of our doors, she will understand that she is made in God’s image and beautiful beyond measure. We are also happy that Josephine shared this at the end of our discussion, “I am thankful to how the people here have been helpful and keeping us in a clean environment, mostly importantly everywhere we go we are feeling the presence of God.”

We invite you to join in being a part of Ireen's healing through your prayers and support!

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Latest Updates

Sep 25, 2018

What has seemed like a long journey of healing has finally come to end! Ireen can comfortably walk on both of her legs and the doctor would only want to see her again after a year for her next follow up review. Her healing has truly delighted her mother and has equally boosted Ireen's confidence, she can now walk freely without any sense of shame and go to school without facing any stigma! Join us in thanking Jesus for her healing and we also want to thank you for your prayers and support! Photo of Ireen

May 30, 2018

Ireen has gone back home with a smile because of the tremendous improvement she has seen over the few weeks she has been with us! She will be back for her follow up appointment next month. Kindly pray for her safe trip home and the quick complete healing of her leg! Photo of Ireen

May 29, 2018

Ireen had her second dressing change today, her leg is healing well and there is a good chance that she will be discharged this week. Please continue remembering her in your prayers! Photo of Ireen

May 28, 2018

We enjoyed seeing Ireen's smile for it was a rare occurrence when she first came. We are witnessing her becoming happier and more confident as the days pass by. She is going for a dressing change tomorrow. Please continue putting Ireen in your prayers! Photo of Ireen

May 24, 2018

Ireen coloring an illustration! It reads, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth." Genesis 1:1. The beauty of our playroom program is that kids get to learn the Word of God as they are having fun which is such a great part of our ministry! Thank you for supporting the proclamation of the Word of God, please continue praying for Ireen! Photo of Ireen

May 23, 2018

When she saw us, she started making funny faces for the camera! She is slowly building up her self esteem and she is now enjoying being in front of the camera. During the morning ward round, Dr. Lastroni said she will need to be here for a couple of days for another procedure. Witnessing Ireen's physical and emotional transformation so far has been a joy and you've been a part of it! Photo of Ireen

May 22, 2018

Ireen had her cast change under anesthesia today. Her leg has been moved further by about 30° and her foot is looking look good so far! Join us in thanking Jesus for the good things happening to Ireen! Photo of Ireen

May 21, 2018

We are excited to be seeing Ireen smile and looking joyous more often! She and her mother are adjusting so well to our hospital environment. She will be going in for a cast change tomorrow in theater. Please keep praying for her as she continues to undergo physical and emotional healing! Photo of Ireen

May 18, 2018

As Rev. Na was conducting the daily devotions in the ward, Ireen and her mother participated. They sung songs of worship and praising to God. The fun and interesting part was that each person was asked to lead in a song, it was fun to hear the different songs everyone chose. At the end Rev. Na prayed for them! Thank you for the prayers your sending Ireen's way too! Photo of Ireen

May 17, 2018

Ruth, one of our nurses, was checking on Ireen during the routine nurse’s round in the ward. She used the time to encourage Ireen and her mother, assuring them that Ireen's leg will be fine. Her recovery is on course and the pain has disappeared. Please continue praying for Ireen! Photo of Ireen

May 16, 2018

Ireen had a quick surgery! A tenotomy was done at the back of her leg to release the tight tendon. Her foot has been positioned at about 60 degrees, and in a week or two, another cast will be put on under anesthesia where the foot will be pushed a little bit further to attain the correct position. Please pray for Ireen and her mother as they are going through this healing process! Photo of Ireen

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