Edrine's Story



It was in a small town in Bethlehem, just over 2,000 years ago, that Jesus was born; bringing great joy to the world.

And as we prepare to celebrate the wonderful Christmas season with loved ones, I’d like to share CBM’s Meaningful Gifts catalogue with you. [Variable] As a committed CBM supporter, you’ll know that it’s filled with life-changing gifts that will bring joy to the people in your life, as well as children and families living with poverty and disability.

Just look at Edrine, whose beautiful smiling face is at the top of the page.

Sadly, Edrine hasn’t always had a reason to smile. In fact, being born with bilateral club feet – which causes both feet to turn inward – made him someone who other children looked upon as different. Broken.

“Other children in the village laugh at me and call me cripple,” Edrine told us. “That really makes me sad.”

Edrine’s twisted feet made simple tasks like bathing or using the toilet difficult as he’d often lose his balance. And walking was a daily struggle. In fact, Edrine often couldn’t even make the five-minute walk to school.

Dragging his twisted feet across the dusty and stony ground day after day would make them crack and bleed. The pain would force Edrine to stay home until they healed. Then it would happen again. And again. And again.

“I would love to be able to walk, without those bent feet, just like all the other children,” Edrine told us.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, Edrine got his wish. Edrine received the much-needed surgery, months of treatment – including a total of three plaster casts, each designed to mould and lengthen his feet – rehabilitation and the use of crutches and a wheelchair.

Today, life couldn’t be more different for Edrine: “I love going to school. And with my straight feet this is no problem any more ... I have lots of friends at school now.”

This year’s catalogue is full of Meaningful Gifts that will help children like Edrine – just like the gift of crutches which allows a child like Edrine to stay mobile throughout their medical treatment.

Or you might like to give one of the other life-changing gifts that can help bring joy to a child or a family like his to thrive – gifts of clean water, immunisations or livestock, just to name a few.


Visit CBM’s
‘Meaningful Gifts’ catalogue