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Catching Up With Christelle … Seven Years Later!

Posted on April 24, 2017 / ,

Seven years ago, 11-year-old Christelle climbed the gangway of the Africa Mercy with her mom. A cleft lip and palate had stolen her self-confidence, and she had felt like an outcast as she hid from stares and jeers. Many emotions …excitement, nervousness, fear of the unknown … raced through her mind as she took each step. With hands gripped together tightly, Christelle and her mom hoped and prayed for a miracle as they stepped onto the ship and put their trust in the care of strangers.

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Changing Muriella’s Story

Posted on October 13, 2016 /

Viewed from the left side of her profile, Muriella’s natural beauty made her stand out in the screening crowd of over a thousand. With her trendy clothes, fashionable long hair and typically self-conscious 17-year-old manner, she could have been standing in a high school cafeteria line in any high-income country. But as soon as the … Continued

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Tahiry’s Determined Mom

Posted on October 13, 2016 /

As Tahiry approached his second birthday, Victorine noticed something a bit odd – Tahiry’s legs were taking the shape of the letter “O.” She wasn’t sure what to make of the condition. When it didn’t improve, she brought Tahiry to the local hospital, where doctors explained that his legs could only be straightened through an … Continued

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A Fist Bump For Fandresena

Posted on July 22, 2015 / ,

When I met five-year-old Fandresena he couldn’t use his right hand to give me a fist bump – a popular greeting similar in meaning to a high five. Two years earlier the cheeky little boy was caught in a house fire that severely burned his right hand.

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A New View of Scars

Posted on July 22, 2015 / ,

Three years ago, Windy was sleeping at home. Alone. The electricity had gone out, so a candle had been lit instead. Unfortunately, the candle was too close to the mosquito net that enclosed Windy.

Hot, merciless flames created the story that we now see.

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The Most Beautiful Thing

Posted on April 22, 2015 /

Elvie’s cuteness was not deterred at all by the fact that she was born with a clubfoot – her left foot turned inward. Although she had surgery when she was six months old, her foot remained bent. But spunky little Elvie did not allow her physical problem to limit her play time! She is one of the cheekiest, most talkative, feistiest, singing, lively little ragamuffin ruffians in the ward! Oh, how she loves to play with balloons!

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Daddy’s All Star Champion

Posted on April 22, 2015 /

Tojo felt the pain of his son’s condition. He would assure Rajo, “Daddy will find a way to fix it.” He added, “Every day, just looking at him, I have strength to take care of him. I have the strength to carry on. I love my children so much.”

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No Longer Left Behind

Posted on March 31, 2015 /

Sandrins sadly watches as her sisters run down their neighborhood road with the other children. They are excitedly ready for another day at school where they can learn new things! Eight-year-old Sandrins looks at them longingly, desperate to join but unable. While her sisters and friends are all receiving an education, Sandrins must stay home with her mother – left behind, as she often is, because of a foot deformity.

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