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."
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.
Favour is a young student from Kenya and a very jovial girl. She is in grade six in a Public Primary School. Favour is the last born in a family of 3 siblings, among them is her elder brother and her other sister who attend the Public Secondary School. Her parents are not financially stable but work hard to support their family. Her father makes ballast and her mother washes clothes for her friends to earn a wage. During her mother’s free time, she plants maize and beans for their family to eat. Through the limited wages they get from their hustles, they are able to support the basics for their family. Favour presented at the hospital with a condition around her toenails on both feet and in a lot of pain. This started a year ago but has gotten worse over time. She is now unable to wear closed toe shoes due to the pain and discomfort it causes, which limits her ability to walk and play as she is used to. Favour's family traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 31st, surgeons will undertake a procedure to heal her toes so she can be active and out of pain. Now, Favour's family needs help to raise $529 to fund this treatment. Favour's father shared, "I had hoped that the national heath coverage would help us, but that is not the case. Please help my daughter."
Priscah is 43 years old and the 1st born in a family of five siblings. She has never been to school due to the poverty level of her family. She's a single mother of two daughters and her firstborn is now 23yrs old and married. She has recently been blessed with a granddaughter. Her second born is 16 yrs. old and is a bright student in secondary school. Priscah is a casual laborer, finding work where she can. She often tills land for her neighbors. She works hard and through the wages she earns on daily basis, she is able to support her daughter, her aged parents, and as well as herself. She lives at her father’s ancestral home in a timber-roomed house. She also has 3 hens that provide them with few eggs to consume at home. She plants maize and beans within his father’s piece of land that their family can also eat. Priscah arrived to the hospital with a painful lesion. She has had it for a year now and it is slowly growing. Priscah traveled to our medical partner's care center hoping to receive treatment. On November 12th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $529 to fund this procedure. Priscah says,’’ I am looking forward to a financial helper towards my hospital bill. Thank you very much.’’
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.’’
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.’’
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.’’
Felix is a 6th grade student and the oldest in a family of 2 siblings. His little brother is three yrs. old and not yet in school. Both of his parents are small-scale farmers, growing maize, beans, and bananas to support their family. During their free time, his parents also till land for other people to earn more for the upkeep of their family. They own a small piece of land, where they have constructed a timber house. They also own a cow that provides them with a little milk to use at home. In July Felix fell down while playing with his friends. He injured his finger and now is not able to use it and is still in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 11th, Felix will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After he heals, he will be able to use his left hand freely. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $916 to fund this procedure. Felix’s mother says, "I am pleading for financial help for my son.’’
Patrick is a 31-year-old laborer and the fourth born child in a family of eight children. He grew up with his mother and siblings, and sadly, his father passed away when he and his siblings were young. He is married and he and his wife have three children, including two children in public primary school and another who is not yet school aged. He makes a living by digging and weeding on farms. His wife works as a casual laborer, but currently stays at home with their youngest child. The family has a small piece of land where they grow maize, beans, and potatoes for the family's consumption. Recently, Patrick was hit by a motorbike. He injured his right foot in the accident and was taken to a local clinic where an x-ray was taken and a cast was applied. However, over the next few days, his leg became swollen and he was in pain, so he visited a hospital for further evaluation. He was diagnosed with a complex distal tibia fracture and requires surgery. He is currently using crutches because walking is difficult. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On December 23rd, Patrick will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help the fracture in his leg to heal properly. After his foot heals, he will be able to return to work. Now, he needs help raising $1,079 to fund his procedure and care. Patrick shared, "I kindly ask for treatment so that I can go back to my daily activities for I'm the breadwinner for my family."
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."
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."
Eugene is a 5-year-old student and the second born in a family of two siblings. His older brother is in grade three. His mother shared that she did not manage to further her own studies due to financial problems. Eugene's father passed away last year after a long illness and his mother is the only breadwinner for their family. She farms maize and beans on a rented piece of land. During the harvest, she sells some in order to support her children and their family uses the rest at home. She lives at her late husband’s ancestral home, in a timber-roomed house. She also keeps some hens which provide them with eggs and meat. Since two months ago, Eugene has had bilateral hydrocele. The hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on November 11th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $733 to fund Eugene's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Eugene’s mother says, "I am the only breadwinner. Kindly, assist me to raise the hospital bill for my son.’’