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.
Two summers ago myself and 18 others boarded a plane for the Dominican Republic. We took 38 suitcases and carried two air filters through airports and security. We had no idea what to expect when we landed. We never thought our lives would be so transformed. Cure allowed our team to work in the hospital in Santa Domingo and took us to orphanages around the city. We wept as mothers carried their children in for free services. We took pride in cleaning stairwells were families were standing with their children to see a Dr. We smiled and laughed with patients in recovery as we gave them toys and baseballs. Cure is doing a wonderful life changing job not only in Santa Domingo, but in 9 other hospitals world wide. Cure allowed our entire team to view others that do not have medical care and opportunities that we do in the US. We were so impressed in every aspect. Our team leader was informative and relational. Our translators explained the culture as well as helped us speak to our new friends. The staff at the hospital put in long hours and worked from morning until night. The adults were so moved by this experience. I feel Cure gave our teens a life long lesson of how blessed we are in our country. Cure is doing an amazing job by reaching those who do not, nor will ever have the means for medical care or surgery. They allow people in need to come to a facility to find hope and healing. They are treated with dignity and respect and walking out the door with new possibilities for their life. Cure is changing lives around the world. It simply was my honor to see a few of the lives they are changing each day.
I am a pediatric anesthesiologist who had the good fortune to work with CURE in Honduras caring for children for orthopedic surgery. I love the organization and can't wait to return to Honduras. I would also like to serve in another one of the CURE hospitals elsewhere in the world. The CURE personnel are wonderful people who have been an inspiration to serve others.
As a short-term CURE volunteer physician, I am grateful for the perspective and insight I gained during my trips to Kabul, Afghanistan. The opportunity to work alongside the dedicated CURE Afghan and expat staff was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my 30 year medical career. I will continue to support CURE's outreach in Afghanistan financially and prayerfully and highly recommend it to any physician looking to put the joy back into medicine.
In January 2010 CURE got a group of doctors nurses and anxiliary personnel around the USA to land in Haiti and give a lending hand to this devasteted country. In a matter of days 24 people from around the country gather together to offer their services to this nation. we all came from different walks of life but we all had a common denominator CURE
I traveled with CURE on multiple trips to Africa, and I have always felt that this organization goes above and beyond any expectation. They truly "cure" every aspect of the children's lives that they touch. The doctors are some of the nicest and caring people I have ever met, and they have a wonderful heart for the Lord. Not only that, but they are exceptionally good at what they do. They take the broken hearts and crippled legs, and restore them to their full potential. After my experience with CURE International I had actually began praying about becoming a full time missionary and physical therapist. I am currently at a christian school studying to be a physical therapist. CURE has a positive impact on children's lives everyday, and it has definitely had a positive impact on my life.
CURE International offered me more than just the ability to contribute financial resources to help heal disabled children. Through their short-term trip opportunities, I was able to join them in their efforts to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of their patients and families. On one trip to CURE's Honduras hospital, I made a personal connection with a young boy who has benefitted from several surgeries to correct his leg deformity. I have remained in contact with him via email for over two years now and hope that our friendship is as encouraging to him as it has been to me!
In April, I participated in a CURE coordinated medical mission team to post-earthquake Haiti. The organization and handling of this trip by CURE was superb - we were met at the airport, transported, greeted at our lodgings etc in a timely and professional manner and at all times, felt backed up by CURE representatives. I would gladly participate in another CURE sponsored mission trip and recommend them without reservation.
I spent 6 weeks working at CURE Malawi in 2008. As an Orthopedic Surgeon, I have worked in various developing countries and with different organizations and CURE surpasses them all in terms of compassion, conscientousness, professionalism, team spirit and organization. CURE is outstanding in the Orthopedic field and I plan on making further contributions in the future
I have been a volunteer physician on medical missions since 1996. I first served with Cure, International three times this year in Haiti. I am greatly impressed with teir organization and efficiency. Whatever I needed was provided within 24 hours. I never reafed for my safety. All of my patients were cared for efficiently. Every moment I was on duty, I was used to maximum effect.
Even before visiting the CURE hospital in the Domincan Republic, I was confident in knowing that the next-to-very-little of contributions received were retained for administrative costs. Upon my visit, it was clear that CURE's model truly delivers resources where the needs are greatest, which exponentially enhances its outreach and ministry to the children and families CURE aims to serve.
I have enjoyed my association with Cure International as a donor and Children's Ministry leader. They have a clear sense of purpose, and they make effective use of their time, talents and resources. They are great communicators of their vision, and do a great job of allowing the general population to join with them in achieving their goals. When you receive a communication from CURE, you not only get a heart for the children they treat, you also know that together we can transform the lives of children all over the world.
I worked at CURE International Children's Hospital of Uganda January through April of 2007 as the final internship to my degree in social work. I was thoroughly impressed by the amazing staff - their caring nature, their concern for the patients, their professionalism - as well as the facility itself. As someone who has seen several NGOs that are not well-run, I was relieved to be working at a great one! CURE is truly making a difference for the children of the world, and I am proud to have been part of it.
My experience with CURE started on a volunteer trip to their newest hospital in Honduras. I continue to be so impressed by what started just over 10 years ago as a vision has turned into a tremendous far reaching global operation: an operation helping children who desperately need someone on their side. Not only does CURE reach out to these children to show them someone cares, but they also integrate into the process the teaching's of Christ, and that God is also there for them.
I have had the opportunity to volunteer as an orthopaedic surgeon for CURE in the Dominican Republic and Haiti on two separate occasions for a total of 5 weeks. The organization does so much to help the children of the "third world" by delivering health care that meets or exceeds the standards here in the US. I am proud to have served with CURE.
*NOTE* While techincally I also volunteer with CURE, I'm on full-time staff at the organization. In the time I've come to know about CURE as an organization, and become part of the organization - I've been incredibly impressed with almost every aspect of CURE. One of the most impressive elements of this organization is the level at which they operate in terms of efficiency, professionalism, and integrity. Then add to that how personal the organization is in terms of making all of it's members feel like family - and I'm really hard pressed to say I know of another organization quite like CURE. CURE has consistently been ranked with Charity Navigator's highest ranking (4 Stars) for 8 years running, something which only a very small fraction of all charities can say. CURE has earned this track record through integrity in how they allocate donor funds, and how the organization is run from a business standpoint. But again, for me what's even more impressive is the reputation CURE has built with outside parties both in the developing world where we operate, and also in the US and UK where we do our primary fundraising. One of the biggest testimonies is how CURE has been literally asked to take over the hospitals we now operate in some of the countries where we are present by government officials. That itself speaks volumes. As someone both intimately acquainted with the organization (I'm a member of the full-time communications team) and as a supporter, I can confidently say that CURE International is a first class organization that operates with integrity and ambition to accomplish incredible things in this world.