It was our gift and blessing to minister at Cure in Santa Domingo. The help that they provide to children is untouched by anyone elsewhere in the world. Excellent medical care, love, and follow- up - all patients should be so blessed.
My husband, my daughter and myself had the amazing blessing of volunteering at the Cure Hospital in the Dominican. Never have I seen such love, sacrifice, caring and patient care as I did in this hospital, and with the patients and family who entered its doors. Without our help and donations, this hospital cannot care for the many many children with deformities who need its care and surgical expertise. We thank God we had the opportunity to help, and look forward to the day we can go back!
I have the utmost respect and admiration for this organization. I have seen the incredible dedication of the staff: all staff members are part of a team. Not only do the medical directors, nurses, doctors, kitchen staff, admin works, and the cleaning staff all know each other they all have relationships with each other. I have seen in Cure that each person is honored and respected. Each person is highly appreciated for the unique skills they bring to Cure. There is a spirit of inclusiveness and the openness to people of all faiths.I have witnessed first hand the careful use of resources and the incredible generosity towards others. Cure is an amazing steward of its resources and has a high level of intentionality to everything they do. At every step along the way Cure is making careful decisions to make sure that they can give the highest level of medical care to children. The people of Cure live and work with an incredible sense of purpose and have changed thousands of lives because of this.
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I first heard about CURE International on Twitter. I followed them back because I want to know more about them. As I read about their tweets, I became more interested when I learned that they help children with curable disabilities. I want to do something more meaningful like what the Street Team does. It's so amazing and inspiring that my simple efforts help make a change in a child's life. I'm very happy to partner with CURE International. My life has changed because of them.
My husband and I were given the most outstanding Christmas gift last year, a large donation to this organization that does what it says it is going to do. I can not express my admiration enough to the people who began and continue to facilitate the ongoing operation of such a life altering work. Thank you and may the Lord bless you for all you are doing for those who can not help themselves.
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My family lived and worked in Kenya to help start the first CURE International children's hospital. It was an extraordinary opportunity, and our efforts were blessed with much success. The coordination of experienced and expert teams from North America, Europe, and Africa culminated in a remarkable hospital that helped pave the way for additional efforts by CURE in Africa, Latin America, and central Asia. CURE International's leadership displayed both resolve and flexibility in good measure and balance to allow for this first entity to explore what were then chiefly novel possibilities - the fruition of which is realized many ways, including: the number of Kenyan and other African orthopedic surgeons whose education was sponsored by CURE; the number of additional hospitals now a part of the growing CURE International network of facilities over ten years later; the healthy mix of expatriate and indigenous leadership throughout the CURE International network of hospitals. Within the context of creating the team of this first hospital, we discreetly hired and promoted individuals with physical disabilities not too different than those of the patients we treated. With about a dozen staff in various positions, families saw and spoke to individuals who though dealing with congenital and acquired medical issues and were able to pursue and achieve educational and professional career goals. This was a quiet but effective testimony to families of the hope CURE endeavored to create.
It has been my privilege over the past 5 years to lead 3 teams that included high functioning special needs adults to serve with CURE at its hospital in Kijabe Kenya, as well as a 4th trip with my daughter who studies for a semester at a college in Kenya. She was much influenced by her experience as a member of our missions teams. The beauty of each trip was observing, guiding, and working along side our disabled team members as they interacted with the hospital staff and patients, relating to them personally, sharing their own stories and encouraging each other. Our teams have formed eternal bonds with many patients and the tremendous staff there, especially the Spiritual Leader Christine Kithome and her associate Pastor Joseph, who we sometimes call my "twin" as we see so many issues identically. when I've been speaking and Joseph translates, often he can finish my sentences in english and then put them into Kiswahili! The team members continue to pray for our Kenyan sisters and brothers, support one of the staff. Even though I have moved on to another place of service, I remain in touch with my Kenya friends and hope to reunite again in the not-so-distant future. They are part of our lives and indeed our Spiritual family. They have blessed us with spiritual refreshment. Kenya staff told us that many of their fellow citizens have the impression that Americans are free from problems, disabilities, and illness or that our national wealth and resources have overcome such things. We show them that this is not the case, that we are indeed facing many of these issues for which there are no easy solutions, that we're in this together before the Lord.
My family and I visited CURE's first hospital in Kijabe, Kenya over ten years ago. We spent time with the incredible leadership of that hospital and with the children receiving surgical care for their physical disabilities. We were able to see first hand how the CURE hospital with its quality surgeons and staff were able to make a crippled child walk again and a deformed arm straight again. As we experienced the smiles of these children and of their care-givers, we were forever committed to supporting the work of this wonderful organization. In these past ten years, we have seen CURE open 10 additional hospitals in developing world countries like Uganda, Ethiopia, Honduras, Afghanistan and others. These additional hospitals provide the same first world quality care that we saw in Kenya in the year 2000. Not only are they able to now perform nearly 20,000 surgeries and see nearly 225,000 outpatients annually, they also provide effective spriitual and social support to these patients and their family. CURE also has established effective training programs at each of their facilities to promote better health care capacity in the developing world countries where they work. We are honored to be a part of such a wonderful and high value organization.
I have had the privilege of being an RN on 5 short term bragaides in Honduras and they all have been very rewarding for me. That country is filled with the most giving people in the world, who think we are the "saints". They open their homes, their lives, their entire community to give us a place to serve them. And all the time with wonderful smiles on their faces, no matter how hot or busy they are. I come away from every trip with my heart filled with gratitude to my Lord and those people for giving me the opportunity to give back the blessings I have. And this year I was able to take my 13yr.old granddaughter with me, who came away from the experience a much enlightened young lady. Thank you Cure International for making it all possible and thank you Ruth and Daniel Castro for being who you are and surrounding yourselves with such "spirit" filled people. I pray the Lord will let me continue as long as I want to. With prayer, Barbara Dube
I was very moved when I heard the job that Cure was doing with so little. I was listening on the radio one day as they explained how they could cure a child for as little as $100. Wow only $100 dollars to change the life of a child forever! But what moved me more was the effect it had on the family of the child. As the doctors who performed these amazing surgeries where Christians they were able to share their faith with the family of the child and would have 5 - 10 family members come to the Lord because of the healing of their child. Praise the Lord, Cure International!
I had a wonderful time working with CURE in Uganda a couple of years ago. I have worked with several nonprofit organizations in my role as World Outreach Director at our church. I was very impressed by CURE's commitment to the children and serve as well as to the development of national leaders in the countries where they work.