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Benefits of early detection

Benefits of early detection

Harouna in Burkina Faso When Harouna was born with clubfoot, his parents Issouf and Assetou, became very melancholy. Fortunately for this family, Harouna was born in a facility where the medical staff had received Clubfoot Early Detection and Referral training from...
One family’s hope

One family’s hope

Jihane in Niger Parents want nothing more than to help their children. Jihane was born with clubfoot and another syndromic problem, which makes her unable to sit up even at seven months old. She is the fourth child of Balkissa and Moussa; however, their firstborn...
A saving tragedy

A saving tragedy

Aklilu in Ethiopia Sometimes we never know how God turns our sadness into happiness or our questions into answers. What had happened in Aklilu’s family that made their sorrowful situation full of questions turn into joy? Aklilu’s mother Bekelech had two...
It’s all about the right focus

It’s all about the right focus

Photo caption: Bruce is a recent graduate of the clubfoot program in Burundi. Today he is walking free of disability and playing soccer (or football) with his friends at school. By Scott Reichenbach Right now, much of the world has its attention focused on the World...
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...