Teacher raises money to fund child’s surgery in Uganda

By September 28, 2009

Uganda (MNN) — For two weeks, Kate Bertrand volunteered
with CURE International in Uganda. Now she spends time raising money to sponsor
a child's surgery.

This 22-year-old school teacher from Virginia split her
volunteering time between the CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda (CCHU) and its
satellite mobile clinics. Moved by the experience, she's now collecting
donations to sponsor a surgery at the CURE Children's Hospital. You can help
her by clicking here
.

CCHU is the only
hospital in Uganda offering specialty care for children with neurological
conditions such as hydrocephalus. Click here to learn more.

"The hospital was absolutely beautiful," Bertrand
said. "It is clearly a place where children are being healed."

After a few days of volunteering at the hospital, Betrand's
team moved to satellite clinics in the northern part of Uganda.

She says her experiences here were the highlight of her trip.
At the mobile clinics Bertrand helped cook meals and provide child care for the
mothers. What she saw made an impact.

"You meet these mothers, and you hear their
stories," Betrand explained. "They work so hard while maintaining a family
and a sick child. I was amazed and humbled by their strength and perseverance."

Bertrand says she'll be affected by what she saw and
experienced in Uganda for a long time to come.

"I was part of something beautiful," she says.
"I'd go back and do it again and again if I could."

CURE International is the largest provider of
pediatric specialty surgical care in the developing world. Since 2004, CURE has
sponsored more than 2,200 volunteers like Bertrand to serve on short-term
trips.

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