Jabo in Rwanda
Mukeshimana works long hours as a cleaner at a Catholic church picking up pieces of carelessly discarded waste. When people saw her little boy Jabo with clubfoot, they too viewed him as worthless as the garbage his mom picks up for a living. But God had a special purpose for one piece of trash Mukeshimana collected early one morning.
Going through her rounds, Mukeshimana picked up an old newspaper that missed the trash can. Before she placed it in her bag, something caught her eye. It had pictures of children with twisted feet that looked like Jabo?s. For the first time, she knew that her son?s feet could be healed and she learned where to go for treatment.??
Mukeshimana had hope. She had hope that Jabo?s father would finally accept him as his son (he did). She had hope that Jabo would one day walk like the other children.
?God has his ways,? she said. ?Imagine how I knew that clubfoot is curable through a sheet which was considered waste.??
(Top) Jabo posing with Alain, clinical supervisor, during a visit to the Hope Walks partner clinic at HVP Gatagara Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Hospital in Rwanda. (Bottom) Jabo before treatment and standing on straight feet today.