Women’s Day 2014

Last week we celebrated Nigerien Women’s Day at the hospital. Every year the women at the hospital collect money and pick out a pagne (a colorful piece of material) in the market a few weeks before Women’s Day. They buy a pagne for every staff member, and everyone takes it and has an outfit made with it. It is always so exciting to see everyone’s  creativity and personality shine through the different designs. It really brings home the message that we are all cut from the same cloth, but all cut differently. A wonderful expression of solidarity and sisterhood, without sacrificing any individual sense of identity (or style!).

The women all worked really hard to prepare a delicious meal, and in the meantime everyone had fun listening to music and dancing. We also had the privilege of having Dr. Victor Nakah as a special visitor during Women’s Day, and he gave an address to the whole staff which was great. He spoke about how women are really under-appreciated, and about the strength and influence that women have. He reminded everyone of the saying, “If you educate a woman, you educate a nation,” and the women on staff were all nodding their heads in agreement. I am pretty sure someone even said, “Amen.”

Overall it was a great day and a really fun celebration. I look forward to next year.



Dr. Nakah’s talk


Photo credit: Anne Negrini


Dr. Victor Nakah with the Executive, Medical, and Spiritual Directors


Aicha and I decided we wanted to get matching outfits made. It was fun picking out a design together and then getting them made by her dad, the tailor.


Anne had her outfit made by her night guard.


The whole team



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5 Responses to Women’s Day 2014

  1. Sharona says:

    I love this tradition of picking out material together for similar looking outfits! Love you Julz!

  2. So fun to see all the different styles of dress and headdress on such a great group of women!

  3. Chuck says:

    Your description of “Women’s Day” along with the beautiful pictures is so colorful – so full of life. Your window into a notable day of your everyday life and work describe true egalitarian cooperation with local and international workers sharing in the same goal – the healing of a nation’s deformed, disfigured and disenfranchised, those that are thought to be “cursed”. If I can be allowed this artistic license, there was an element of creative naivety as well. Rather than burying one’s head in the sand of ignorance regarding differences, you and the CURE staff give us a fresh glimpse into authentic relationships the way they were meant be between nationalities, cultures, people of different ethnicity and color. One could tell by the genuine smiles on all who were assembled that this was the real thing – joy tempered with tears that only a woman celebrating “Women’s Day” can fully understand and appreciate. Thank you for putting us squarely into the everyday ebb and flow of your adopted and complex milieu, fraught with so many challenges and yet sharing so many of the same values. This gives us reason for hope.

  4. Brian Decker says:

    Hey Julie, Thanks for the blog update and the pictures! In our never-ending quest to put names with faces, is there anyway you could give us the names of these ladies left to right?



    *Brian Decker* *Executive Director* *MADALA* *303.993.4720 office* *720.985.4368 cell*

  5. Brian Decker says:

    Sorry…just the ladies in the last picture “The Whole Team.”


    *Brian Decker* *Executive Director* *MADALA* *303.993.4720 office* *720.985.4368 cell*

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