Mending feet and mending relationships

  Moussa in Niger One of the tragedies of clubfoot is the wedge it can drive between family relationships. The fear and shame often cause families to point fingers in blame or simply not talk about it. When Moussa was born with clubfoot, his parents hardly spoke to each other. “I used to avoid my […]

Birhanu: Giving hope

Few would call him a celebrity, but when Birhanu walks down the street, he sometimes gets noticed. People don’t ask him for an autograph but instead, greet him with a smile and a wave. These are the children he has treated for clubfoot at the Hope Walks partner clinic at Adama Teaching Hospital, one of […]

Clubfoot bonds two fathers in Ethiopia

For five-year-old Ramandon, his clubfoot not only brought two fathers together, it also may have saved his life thanks to the tenacity of his father Mohammed who stopped at nothing to get answers. “When I saw the child, I knew I had to find the solution,” said Mohammed. “I said ‘he needs treatment.’” As soon […]

A newly discovered hope

Victor in Zambia As a young, 18-year-old mother with clubfoot, Edna and her mother Brenda were heart-broken when Edna’s son, Victor, was also born with clubfoot. Seeing what her daughter goes through daily, Brenda knew what struggles her grandson would be facing with the disability. “I was very disappointed when I found out she was […]

Clubfoot-free in Ethiopia

Scott Reichenbach, president of Hope Walks, recently visited Ethiopia. This is the third of three posts reflecting on what he saw there. After visiting our partner clubfoot clinic in Aksum, we traveled about an hour outside of town on a rutted dirt road, up and down, over hill and valley, through dry river beds to […]

The people doing the work

Scott Reichenbach, president of Hope Walks, recently visited Ethiopia. This is the second of three posts reflecting on what he saw there. 1,100 km from the capital of Ethiopia, you’ll find the ancient city of Aksum, and in it, St. Mary’s Hospital. Hope Walks supports a clubfoot clinic there. I visited recently and had the […]

Inside a clinic in Ethiopia

Scott Reichenbach, president of Hope Walks, recently visited Ethiopia. This is the first of three posts reflecting on what he saw there. We visited a clinic 1100km from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. We met 14 families there on a Thursday morning in January. In this hospital, St. Marys, the clubfoot clinic is divided […]

The mystery of the special shoes

What would you do if you heard the cry of a baby in an old abandoned building? That is exactly what happened when a seven-month-old baby was found in an abandoned building in Lusaka, Zambia. He only had the clothes on his back and he was wearing shoes that had a metal bar between them. […]