What a year it has been! Because of God’s grace to this ministry, we have continued to see children with correctable disabilities find healing—physical, emotional, and spiritual healing—through CURE International.
I can’t wait for you to read this report and see the good work being done around the world. The impact we’ve already had is exciting—and so is the impact we believe we can have in the future.
So much of this is thanks to our incredible staff. Despite facing many challenges, these men and women keep choosing to serve the kids and families who come through our doors each day. Every person who works for CURE could have chosen a much more comfortable life, but instead, they’ve chosen to be part of this transformational ministry. We are so blessed by them.
This impact we’ve seen? It’s also thanks to you. We are so grateful for you. As you read this document and see the evidence of lives changed, please know that it’s because you have made these kids a priority. They matter greatly to God, and you’ve shown that they matter to you, too. Thank you so much for your support.
With friends like you, an amazing team around the world, and God’s continued blessing… how could we be anything but excited for the future? Here’s to celebrating a memorable year and to healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God together again next year.
Dr. Roger Spoelman
Jesus sought out the broken and the marginalized, and He healed them.
He told us to do the same thing.
Since 1996, that’s been our aim. Starting with our first hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, we’ve focused on meeting the immediate needs of children with treatable disabilities while addressing long-term needs by creating sustainable programs to train local medical professionals in country. All of this is done in an environment where our patients, many of whom have been rejected by family and friends, are treated with love and dignity, often for the first time.
By meeting physical and emotional needs and demonstrating the love of God, we bear witness to holistic healing.
Every day in FY2017, the CURE network saw 69 procedures performed in our hospitals, 74 children enrolled in clubfoot treatment, 10 procedures performed by surgeons trained by CURE to heal children suffering from hydrocephalus and spina bifida, 50 people make an expression of faith in Jesus Christ, and 2 volunteers mobilized to serve around the world.
a fourteen-year-old boy from Niger
“His father wants nothing to do with him,” Gali’s mother told us. Since he was five, Gali’s legs have splayed out. Gali has not only faced rejection in his family; he’s been beaten by men in his community, and other children have been forbidden to play with him for fear that they will be “infected.” A chance friendship between Gali’s uncle and a CURE Niger employee brought Gali to us, and though the journey to healing will be long, we’re grateful for the opportunity to help him stand straight and tall!
Follow along with Gali’s progress at cure.org/gali
CURE’s hospitals bring specialized medical care in 10 countries around the globe. They’re also centers for teaching, training the next generation of doctors, nurses, and more. From orthopedic care in the Philippines to state-of-the-art neurosurgical treatment in Uganda to NICU and fistula treatment in Afghanistan, CURE hospitals are places of hope and healing.
a scrub technician at CURE Uganda
When he first started working at CURE Uganda, Alex was a general laborer, but he wanted to do more. After passing the entrance exam, Alex began training as a scrub technician, an important part of the surgical team. Now, he’s been a part of more surgeries than he can remember. He says,
I’m doing something. I am a part of something big. You wake up in the morning: let’s go save a life. It gives you joy, makes you feel good working in such a place where you are able to change lives through surgery and prayer. It’s a special place to be.
See more of his story at cure.org/alex
Since 2006, more than 102,000 children have been treated at partner clubfoot clinics.
That is almost twice the number of people that fit in Yankee Stadium.
Clubfoot is one of the most common musculoskeletal birth defects in the world, and it often goes untreated. For only a few hundred dollars, however, an infant with clubfoot can receive corrective treatment using the Ponseti method and be free of the disability for the rest of their life.
CURE Clubfoot works with local governments and other NGOs to promote awareness and provide training, equipment, and support to a network of partner clubfoot clinics in 18 countries where the need is great.
a CURE Clubfoot initiative
Together with its partners in the Global Clubfoot Initiative, CURE Clubfoot has launched a strategy to see treatment made available to 70% of all children born with clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries in the next thirteen years. Currently, fewer than 15% of these children have access to treatment.
Read more about this initiative at cure.org/runfree2030
Hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain,” is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid builds up in or around the brain or drains improperly. As the amount of fluid increases, there is increasing pressure and stretching of tissue in the brain, eventually interfering with normal brain development and leading to permanent damage.
In Uganda, where hydrocephalus occurs at a high rate, CURE’s then medical director, Dr. Ben Warf, developed a new method of treatment, the ETV/CPC, that was successful and led to less dependence on ready access to a hospital for future care. Recognizing the need for this novel treatment in other underserved areas, in 2011 CURE launched a program to train and equip neurosurgeons to provide comprehensive hydrocephalus care, including the ETV/CPC procedure, as well as treatment for the often accompanying condition of spina bifida, in their own hospitals.
Today, CURE Hydrocephalus & Spina Bifida continues to train neurosurgeons at CURE’s hospital in Uganda and support and equip partner treatment locations in 12 countries around the world.
Neurosurgeon trained & equipped to bring innovative treatment to Southeast Asia
CURE Hydrocephalus & Spina Bifida now has a partner treatment location in Vietnam staffed by Dr. Le Quang My, who was trained at CURE Uganda. He says,
Even though we were born in different countries, we have the same passion: trying to find a better method for treating hydrocephalus patients. Before I came, many people in Vietnam asked me, ‘Why do you go to Africa?’ But in my mind, you can learn everywhere and from everybody.
Read more about Dr. My at cure.org/vietnam
Our mission—healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God—is not something that can be split into two separate tasks. As Christians, we believe that medical healing and spiritual ministry are two sides of the same coin. We do both, together. Processes in our hospitals and programs are built around intentional patient and family evangelism, staff discipleship, and community engagement. We develop these practices with sensitivity to local context and culture. Every believer across CURE’s network is empowered to reflect kingdom values and to wisely seek and seize opportunities for evangelism in every aspect of their lives. The way we see it, all CURE co-workers are on mission with God and each other to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to those in our care.
Our hospitals and specialty programs currently operate in 29 countries around the world, providing charitable medical care to patients regardless of gender, ethnic background, and/or religious affiliation.
Practicing fiscal responsibility and accountability are critical aspects of CURE’s financial stewardship model. Along with completing annual audits by an independent CPA firm, CURE is a member in good standing with the ECFA and holds the highest ratings from Charity Navigator and GuideStar.
Find more resources and state fundraising disclosure statements at cure.org/finance.
Data reported by fiscal year. CURE’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30.
Around the world, children with disabilities face rejection, abuse, and an uncertain future.
$400 provides complete treatment for an infant with clubfoot.
$1,000 funds a surgery for a child with a correctable disability.
A donation of any amount brings care that restores dignity and demonstrates the unconditional love of God.
Give hope and healing to a child today at cure.org/donate.