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Hopeless to hopeful

Hopeless to hopeful

Kevin in Burundi Jacqueline and Emmanuel live in Cibitoke Province, Burundi, raising eight children. The family has limited income because the parents do not have permanent jobs. They work for their neighbors and get paid for what they have done. When their son Kevin...
Who saved whom?

Who saved whom?

Fabrice in Rwanda Difficult medical challenges have a way of adding stress to any family. When Fabrice was born with clubfoot, tension was high between his mom Theodosia and dad Jean Claude. “We don’t have deformity in my family,” Jean Claude would say. He washed his...
Strength through faith

Strength through faith

Mumbere in DRC Mumbere’s mom, Kahindiro, has a faith that gives her strength and peace. It was this faith that got her through the challenges she faced when Mumbere was born with clubfoot. Even though her in-laws personally blamed her for the birth defect, she never...
Uncomfortable questions

Uncomfortable questions

Martine in DRC New moms often have many questions when their child is born, “What will they become when they grow up? What will their life look like?” Christine also had many questions when her daughter Martine was born: “Have I sinned against God? Is it witchcraft?...
Grandma knows best

Grandma knows best

Nimrod in Kenya Dennis and Nancy come from a humble background in Kenya. With two children and no regular job, life can be difficult. The birth of their second child, Nimrod, should have been a joy for this family, but when he was born with clubfoot, it only added to...
Different backgrounds

Different backgrounds

Jokebed in Burkina Faso Nathalie and Elise come from two different ethnic groups in Burkina Faso. According to the local Burkinabe tradition, marriage is strictly forbidden between these two ethnic groups, and doing so could bring a curse on the family. But Nathalie...
A new perspective

A new perspective

Mohamed in Niger Like many moms who have a child with clubfoot, Salamatou was ashamed of her son’s disability and hid his twisted feet with sheets. She would not even let close relatives know about his condition. But hiding feet is not a long-term solution....
A future dream

A future dream

Sasha in Malawi We all have dreams for our kids. Even though her daughter Sasha is just a baby, Tamandani hopes she will become a police officer someday. When she was born with clubfoot, Tamandani thought those dreams would not come to reality.  After realizing Sasha...
Courage in a pandemic

Courage in a pandemic

Yeikol in the Dominican Republic After Gleimy and Enmanuel gave birth to Yeikol, they noticed his feet were twisted. No one explained what this was or told them where to get treatment.  For months, both parents went to different places looking for treatment, but their...
Seeing double

Seeing double

Kalid and Abdulwahid in Ethiopia      Fatiya and her husband live in the Oromia region of Ethiopia south of the capital city of Addis Ababa. This farming family has two children named Kalid and Abdulwahid. When the older brother Kalid was born, they didn’t realize his...