Bernice is a two and a half year old and the firstborn to her mother, who is raising Bernice on her own. Bernice’s mother is the fifth born in a large family of seven siblings. Bernice’s mother completed Form Four schooling two years ago, however, she was not able to continue with her studies due to financial pressures. However, since she had performed well, a well-wisher supported her to join a nursing college in Nakuru. She lives with her mother (Bernice's grandmother) who is chronically sick from a spinal injury. During the school holiday’s Bernice’s mother does clothes washing for people, in order to support her baby. Bernice was born with a congenital umbilical hernia. Her mother assumed that it would to heal, but the condition progressed. She was taken to a general hospital, where she was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center. During our interview, Bernice's mother said that she has been looking for funds to bring her baby for the treatment, however, it has been very difficult. Bernice’s mother shared, "I wish I can get help for my baby."
Florence is 37 years old and the fourth born in a family of six. Along with her siblings, she did not manage to continue with her studies due to financial challenges. As a result, they started taking on work they could find in order to survive. Florence got married and was blessed with five kids. She has lost two of her children and now has three living children. Her three kids are all in school (Grades 6,4 and nursery school). Florence is a small-scale farmer who grows maize and beans for home consumption. Her husband is also a casual laborer. He picks khat for the community members. Through their effort, they are able to raise an income for their family, but it is very limited to supporting basic needs. They live in a small timber house within their father’s home. Florence presented at the hospital expecting and at term. Given her medical history and current health status for her and the baby, the medical team recommends a c-section delivery feeling that a failure to attend to her condition may risk losing the baby or complications including uterine rapture. Florence shared, "I am pleading for help to save my life and my baby."
Beatrice is a 70 year old woman who is married with 8 children (4 sons and 4 daughters). They have all needed to drop out of school due to financial problems and started working. All are now married with spouses and are living on limited income, hand to mouth. Beatrice is farms maize and beans for home use. Her husband is aged and a casual laborer. He takes care of his few miraa plants at his home. During the rainy season, he earns little funds to support his wife as well as himself. They have a timber house where they live. Beatrice’s thigh started swelling 2 years ago. The mass progressed, leading her to go to a general hospital to seek treatment. She was given some antibiotics and pain medication. The condition improved hence reducing pain. However last month, the condition recurred and she came to our partner hospital for further treatment. After an x-ray, the doctor has recommended an excision. They have shared that they cannot afford the treatment, at a cost of $554 and request support. Beatrice said,’’ I will really appreciate if I am supported with my treatment.’’
Caleb is a seventh grader and the firstborn of two children. He and his eight-year-old sister live with their parents in a timber house on a small plot of land where they plant maize and beans for home use. Caleb's father is a Khat picker while his mother is a casual laborer and sells water to their community. His parents are not financially stable. Caleb has been diagnosed with a slow-growing intraoral cyst, which has caused him pain for the past 2 months. Without treatment, Caleb will experience increasing pain and continue bleeding. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is asking for your help in funding this surgery which costs $554. Caleb’s grandmother shared,’’ I am praying for my grandson to receive the required treatment.’’
Eliphas is the fifth born in a family of seven children. He is in the third grade but has had to repeat grade levels due to the financial instability of the family. His older three siblings already had to drop out of school because they could not pay the fees and lacked food. Eliphas' father died in 2013, so his mother is a widow and has difficulty making ends meet. His mother works as a casual laborer, washing clothes in the neighborhood and sometimes farming for other people. She and her children live in a mud house on a small piece of land. Eliphas fell and sustained a left femur fracture. If Eliphas does not get the required treatment, he may develop an infection or lose the function of his leg. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is asking for your help to fund the cost of his treatment. Eliphas and his family need $1,130 to fund this mobility-restoring surgery. Eliphas' mother shared, “If my son gets help, I shall be very happy and appreciative."
Vincent is a 20-year-old and the third born in a family of 10 children. Vincent harvests Khat to make a living but is currently not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His parents are small-scale farmers who plant maize, beans, and potatoes. They sell the surplus for additional income. Four months ago, Vincent began to experience a painful scalp lesion that was increasing in size. His doctor recommends an excision of the scalp mass to ensure that the pain and pressure he is experiencing do not worsen. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, our medical partner is requesting $554 to help fund the cost of the surgery. Vincent shared,’’ I will be appreciative if given any financial support.’’
John is a 45-year-old man who is married with 5 children (20yrs, 16yrs, 11yrs, 9yrs, and 7yrs). Two of his children are in a secondary school and the youngest three are in a public primary school. John withdrew from the school while he was in eighth grade as a result of financial problems. His other siblings also did not continue due to the same problem. He and his siblings are all manual laborers for survival. John is not financially stable. His father passed away and he lives with his elderly mother. John farms khat and some cash crops and his wife helps on the farm. Through their both efforts, they are able to make enough to support their family as well as their aged mother. John and his family, live in a small timber house, within his father’s homeland. During the COVID 19 pandemic, no khat business is going on, which means the economy is very low. John is an epileptic and he arrived at the hospital with back burns which have resulted in a chronic wound. During the interview, he said that he fell on the hot charcoal cooker while preparing tea after suffering an epileptic episode. He was taken to a private clinic for burn dressing. Within a few days, his condition deteriorated and he was referred to a surgeon, who recommended him for debridement to treat his would. A lack of treatment will lead to wound infection and continued bleeding.
Caroline is in seventh grade in a public primary school. She is the second born in the family of four siblings. Her firstborn and the thirdborn brothers dropped out of school due to the financial problems and her last born brother is in the fifth grade. Caroline’s parents separated five years ago when her father developed a mental illness. As a result, her mother went to rent a single room where they are all living. Caroline’s mother is a casual laborer; she farms for others so that she is able to support her children. They feel they don’t have a place to call home, however, they live in a rented room. A good samaritan has given them a small piece of land where they plant maize and beans for their family to eat. Caroline presented the hospital with a big toe fracture. She sustained this after a building stone fall on her toe, as she was hiding herself during a heavy rain. She received an initial debridement and fixation for her toe about 1 week ago and her family has not been able to raise the bill for that treatment. This week, she developed wound problems that need new surgery. This wound has made her toe develop non-viable tissues. The hospital management decided to waive the family's previous bill and are hopeful that Caroline can benefit from Watsi's support for her second procedure before going home. If this condition is not treated, there will be worsening of non-viable tissues and possibly the development of deep infection. Caroline shared: "I will really be thankful if I get support so that I can go back to school once the COVID lockdown is over."