Healing for Houleye

Khadiatou watches her 5-year-old niece having fun with her friends. The little girl beams as she chases the other kids around, and although she is out of breath, she doesn’t stop. She doesn’t have a care in the world.

It hasn’t always been this way. Khadiatou remembers a time not long ago when all she did was worry about her young niece. Only a few months ago, Houleye had to bear the weight of a tumor nearly half the size of her face.

“The tumor hurt her so she would quit playing and she’d cry,” Khadiatou said.

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Satou: Walking With Confidence

Satou is a happy, friendly 6-year-old who loves being around people, but unfortunately, her windswept legs caused many in her community to tease and reject her.

“Satou is actually a happy child. She doesn’t like being sad,” her mother, Khady, said. “She is also strong-willed and determined and gets very upset when she feels that she is not respected.”

Khady shared that the constant taunting made Satou feel ashamed and helpless, as though she was always the object of mockery — so much so that whenever she heard someone laughing, she immediately assumed that it was because of her.

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Aminata: Freed from Shame

Ousman was excited to receive the call from his sister saying that his niece had finally been born. However, that excitement quickly turned into heartache once he learned that baby Aminata had been born with a cleft lip. When he heard the distress in his sister’s voice, Ousman felt desperate to help both her and her child.

As she grew, young Aminata’s condition began to cause malnutrition, making her body develop very slowly. At eight years old, Aminata’s height and build resembled that of her four-year-old cousins. Because she was ashamed of the way she ate, she refused to eat … Continue reading

A Triumphant Homecoming

Diacko was a handsome baby. In fact, the other villagers would often stop his mother, Youma, while they were out to tell her how good looking her little boy was. Then, when he was about 3 years old, his legs began to bow outwards, and slowly the admiring glances became filled with pity and scorn. Soon, the compliments that Diacko once received turned into repeated pressure to find a doctor to fix her son’s legs.

“We didn’t have money for that,” Youma said. “So, I stayed home, waiting for something to come from God.”

As he grew older, Diacko quit … Continue reading


In order to carry out our work in Africa, we use Four-wheel drive vehicles (all-terrain vehicles). In every nation we evaluate patients. Our medical teams, all volunteers, examine patients day and night to see if treatment is possible on the ship and are scheduled for an operation. Our next destination, Senegal, is a large country. The distances are great and some patients simply can’t reach the ship to be examined and assessed.

Sometimes patients don’t have enough money for transport, or they’re afraid to appear in public due to the severity of their condition.

Thanks to our all-terrain vehicles, we … Continue reading