EMI is excited to continue a long partnership with CURE International in developing an updated master plan for the hospital campus in Niamey, Niger. Luke 9:2 tells us that Jesus ‘sent them out to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ In response, CURE’s mission is to reach and heal more children living with disabilities like clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus. CURE does this through a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals that serve children. Established in 2010, CURE’s Hôpital des Enfants au Niger is the only hospital in a country of more than 24 million that offers this specialty surgical care. For many Nigerien children, acquired injuries or congenital disabilities go untreated, or families might pour all their resources into unhelpful traditional medicine. Growing up with disabilities, these children are seen as burdens on their families, outcastes from the community.
Rated as the lowest country on the Human Development Index and with a very low Christian population, Niger has significant material and spiritual poverty. By providing spiritual and medical needs in such an environment, CURE is a bright candle shining in a country of darkness, pointing people to the Giver of light.
As the hospital has grown in patients, the need has arisen to re-address the master plan that was completed by EMI in 2017. Located on a 7.5-acre site with almost 3 acres largely undeveloped, CURE Niger has a lot of room to grow on the existing property. The EMI team will work with CURE leadership to provide a wholistic update to the master plan provided in 2017 by EMI, with additional conceptual design of the next phase of development, which will include re-purposing the current operating suite (after a new one is built) and design of a patient guesthouse. Additionally, EMI will assess the water and wastewater management systems, and provide recommendations for improvement and how these systems will accommodate the future developments.
We are looking to mobilize a team of volunteers for two weeks in late February/early March 2022. Please also be aware that due to circumstances of the project, volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Would you prayerfully consider joining our team to serve this ministry and the children of Niger?
Master planning of hospital campus and conceptual building design
Assessment of water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, and expanding to accommodate future development
Existing system has been undergoing major upgrades - biggest need will be to plan for future development
Conceptual structural design of next phase of development, detailed design of water tower, and possibly assessments of existing buildings.