June 06, 2012

Saving lives in Niger

Shelly Meyer – Hand of Hope International Relations Officer

The African nation of Niger is one of the worst places in the world to be a mother and raise children due to on-going health and hunger issues in the region. Recognized by the United Nations as one of the least developed countries in the world, Niger faces issues related to a lack of quality healthcare which poses a significant challenge to the population and contributes to high infant mortality, short life expectancies and a wide variety of avoidable health issues. 

Joyce Meyer Ministries/Hand of Hope is doing what we can to help. We are supporting a feeding program in the Tillabéri region of Niger through Effective Ministries – they are working with the government of Niger to help families affected by famine through the distribution of grain, and also through ERDO (Emergency Relief and Overseas Development) who is distributing food in Niger’s Sahel region. 

To help address the need for quality health care, we’re also providing support to CURE International, who opened a much needed hospital in Niger in 2010. The hospital meets physical needs of handicapped children with an emphasis on treating orthopedic conditions. Plastic and reconstructive surgeries (post burn contractures, cleft lip and palate, etc.) and general surgeries are performed as well and children are prayed for daily. 

 The hospital is making a major impact on the surrounding community. A young boy was brought to the CURE Hospital at the age of 2, he had fallen into a cooking fire and suffered severe burns on the side of his face, neck, shoulder, chest and upper arm. After several surgeries, he can now hold his head upright and while his face and body still bear the scars of his accident, his shame is gone. He gave his life to Christ and he has decided to enroll in a training school to become an evangelist. 

Thank you partners and friends for helping us provide a ray of hope in one of the bleakest regions in the world by supporting feeding and health care programs and also helping share the gospel of Christ.

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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