What Is CURE?
17 August 2020
CCTI has been blessed by our recent partnership with CURE International (www.cure.org). We are looking forward to training more of their staff in our Train the Trainer material this fall and early next year so that they can spread the seeds and continue the training throughout the organization.
CURE is a non-profit organization that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 14 countries worldwide. Children with conditions like clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus experience the life-changing message of God’s love and receive surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Without treatment, they will have little hope for a future, and many will die from their condition.
It has been a blessing to collaborate with Crisis Care Training International (CCTI). We met CCTI when our CURE Kenya hospital piloted the Disabilities Module in October 2019. Then we had 17 coworkers participate, where now we currently have 103 who are undergoing nine weeks of online training of Module 1: Trauma and Crisis Care. The CCTI materials:
· Provide relevant information on the different stages of child development and possible challenges that result from various aspects and effects of trauma in children.
· This material has also widened our understanding of patients’ needs and equipped us with different approaches to counsel and provide psychosocial support that can bring long-lasting healing to affected children.
· Through our studies, we have put ourselves in the shoes of caregivers to practice how we would counsel the children with excellence, precision, and minister the gospel of Christ.
· The training has put us in a privileged position to purposefully and effectively engage the different players involved in the trauma management of children in the hospitals.
· An added benefit is that we have received tools and skills to train our own children, caregivers, and the community at large to take care of children who have trauma from abusive experiences.
· We are now able to practically and contextually understand, interact, and engage our patients (children) better, hence ensuring they maximally enjoy their stay in our hospitals.
Biography: I am Earnest Kioko, married to Winfred, a high school teacher, and God has blessed us with two daughters, Ruth Kioko (9yrs), now in grade 5 and Blessings Kioko (1yr 3 months). I am an ordained Revered with Africa Inland Church of Kenya (AICK) with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Masters in Education. I have been serving with CURE for the last 15 years within the spiritual ministry of the organization. Currently, I am humbled and privileged to serve as the Senior Director of CURE Spiritual Ministry.