As the largest Christian provider of clubfoot care, we endeavor to take the same approach Jesus did: showing love by serving well and sharing the gospel through what we say and do.
We pair quality clubfoot treatment with compassionate care from clubfoot clinic parent advisors while empowering local healthcare workers and educating parents and caregivers.
Hope Walks officially became an independent organization in 2019, but grew out of an existing clubfoot program that began in 2006. Since the program began, we have enrolled more than 140,000 kids into clubfoot treatment.
Motivated by our hope in Christ, Hope Walks frees children, families, and communities from the burden of clubfoot.
A letter from our co-founder and President
Walking. Most of the time, we take it for granted. But if you are blessed with the ability to walk, think for just a moment how dramatically different your life would be without the ability to stand and walk on your own two feet. The slightest curb becomes an insurmountable obstacle. Stairs become a sad symbol of missed opportunities.
This is the scenario faced by more than 170,000 children born each year with a birth defect called clubfoot. Without treatment, these children will be unable to walk. Fortunately, unlike many other birth defects, clubfoot can be treated and corrected with simple casts and braces. A few hundred dollars means the difference between a life begging on the streets and a life of hope.
For the past seven years, I’ve seen firsthand the life-altering transformation possible when a child receives clubfoot treatment. Your support has allowed us to enroll more than 140,000 children since 2006, first as the CURE Clubfoot, and now as Hope Walks.
For us, treating these children is more than a physical correction of their feet. More importantly, it has an eternal impact on these families as we share the love of Jesus Christ with them.
Join us in making freedom from clubfoot a reality.
Disability in low-income countries
Being born with a disability in a low- or middle-income country isn’t just a financial hardship, it’s a life-altering source of shame. You and your family will likely be seen as cursed. The mother of a child with clubfoot may be thrown out of her house or out of the community. Because of a different cultural understanding of the source of disability, there is very little grace offered to children and families who are dealing with disabilities—including something entirely treatable, like clubfoot.
Clubfoot can be treated! We adhere to treatment through the Ponseti method, the gold standard of clubfoot treatment. The initial process involves weekly casting for four to six to eight weeks and, in most cases, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon. After this, in the maintenance phase, children wear a foot abduction brace for 23 hours a day for three months, and then at night and nap time until the age of five. Children born with clubfoot can take their first steps on completely straight feet thanks to early intervention and to this relatively simple, cost-effective treatment method.
Teaching and Training
Hope Walks does not hire the medical staff. Instead, we develop relationships with the existing healthcare system in the country. We establish partnerships with the country’s Ministry of Health and hospitals. We provide training on the Ponseti method of treatment to their in-country medical staff. This globally accepted process developed by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti uses a series of casts over several weeks to correct the feet, and braces to maintain the correction up until the age of five.
This helps keep our overall costs low so more donations can go toward purchasing the needed supplies such as plaster of Paris for casts and braces.
Working with our local medical facility partners, we train national clinicians in the Ponseti method using the ACT curriculum developed in partnership with Oxford University and the Global Clubfoot Initiative. The curriculum has been approved by the Royal College of Surgeons, London.
We also provide Clubfoot Early Detection and Adherence (CEDA) Training for parent advisors to teach them how to best support the families we serve. We also provide a module to educate medical professionals on what clubfoot is and where treatment can be found so they can make referrals to those trained in the Ponseti method.
By teaching and training, we raise a generation of healthcare workers who are exceptional at treating clubfoot so one day, quality clubfoot services are readily available within the local health system.
We have partnered with Medical Aid Films to develop a series of videos explaining what clubfoot is and the treatment process. These videos are available in six languages, including English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.