February 12, 2016
BENEFITING: CURE International, Inc.
This is Mohit. What do you see when you look at this picture? Dancing? Joy? Happiness? Rewind a couple years earlier and the next picture over and you will see a whole different picture. What is clubfoot? Why is it so important to be treated? Children with untreated clubfoot can’t walk, run or play and many of them never get an opportunity of education. To take it further these innocent children are the victims of ridicule, become outcast and a curse on their family. Slowly they accept their status and what seems to be their inevitable fate. Looking at my beautiful and healthy baby girl my heart starts to break for these children. My heart breaks for the parents who have no hope that their babies will ever live a happy normal life. For example: Yaya Hamma lives in Niger in a village of thatched roofs where electricity and running water are merely a dream. Yaya was blessed with a beautiful happy and bubbly baby girl and he named her Rashida. Happiness was taken over with doom as they realized Rashida has clubfoot and her destiny flashed before her fathers eyes. Yaya would not accept this fate. Against all odds, ridicule and having no money to cure his baby girl he clung to hope as he boarded a bus to a hospital he's heard of in the capital of Niamey. That is when he found CURE. CURE was founded in 1996 by Dr. Scott Harrison and his wife, Sally. Since that first hospital opened in 1998, CURE has established a presence in 30 countries. CURE physicians and staff have performed more than 204,000 life-changing surgeries, with more than 2.8 million patient visits, and have trained more than 7,200 medical professionals. The organization operates 10 hospitals in the following countries: Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, the Philippines, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Zambia. The organization also runs specialty programs for clubfoot and hydrocephalus in an additional 20 countries including Bangladesh, Honduras and India. CURE International India began its service in India from April 2009 with a goal to eradicate disability caused by clubfoot in India. In the last 5 years, CURE has over 13882 children getting free treatment at the public hospitals. You can view a live feed of children currently in CURE hospitals and watch their heartwarming journey. https://cure.org/curekids/