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Bulandina is a small scale farmer. She is a widow and a mother of 10 children, however she shared that only six of them are now living. Bulandina's children all have their own homes and responsibilities and only can offer minimal support to their mother. For a long time, Bulandina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains. She first felt the pain around the time she conceived her second child. Two years ago, the pains reappeared and were very severe, which affected Bulandina's daily routine. Currently, she is unable to sleep comfortably and has since stopped doing her farming activities. She decided to visit Rushoroza to seek medical attention and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. If not treated, she could develop severe bleeding that could cause anaemia and make her life very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, Bulandina's family cannot afford the surgery charges and are asking for support.. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $319 to fund Bulandina's surgery. On October 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Bulandina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Bulandina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may be able to continue farming and taking care of myself and my family.”

$319raised
Fully funded

Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first grade when she was young and since has farmed, while her husband is a retired soldier. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their oldest child is now 45 years old and dropped out of school due to mental illness while their youngest recently got married. Sarafina receives a little support from her children and relies on her farm produce to meet her daily needs. For two years, Sarafina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains along with itchy arms. She used herbal medication for the itching but she never got relief. She visited Rugarama Hospital and the scan showed uterine fibroids. Sarafina has stopped farming because she can no longer bend down, and has had to miss some follow-up appointments due to limited funds. Her symptoms have worsened and she has been diagnosed with large uterine leiomyoma. An exam revealed a cervical mass highly suspicious of cervical cancer. If not treated, Sarafina could develop chronic pelvic pain and there is a risk of cancer spreading, poor quality of life due to chronic pain and organ failure. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, but her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarafina's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sarafina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sarafina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may get back to farming and taking care of my family.”

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$141raised
$178to go

Selinah is a 31-year-old nun from Uganda. She serves as a nun under Our Lady of Fatima Rushoroza and is currently posted to the formation house of the Missionaries of Africa. She does not receive salary for her services apart from a small allowance for personal use. She is the fifth born in a family of 10 and her parents are small-scale farmers. For three years, Selinah has been experiencing lower abdominal pains. She was treated for a bacterial infection with no change in symptoms. She has also had several medications from different medical centers. None of them helped, and in the last year her condition has worsened. She can no longer stand comfortably for long because she has pains extending to her lower body. Selinah has challenges getting out of bed due to this pain. Selinah has been diagnosed with leiomyoma and endometrial hyperplasia. If not treated, she is at a risk of endometrial carcinoma and other severe complications like anaemia. Selinah has sought financial support from her congregation, but shared that they are unable to meet the surgery cost because of the number of congregants affected by COVID-19. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Selinah's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Selinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sister Selinah says, “My condition has generally affected my duties and life as a nun. Given treatment, I will be able to do all my day to day duties and be able to develop my congregation. I will continue serving the Lord by helping others where I can.”

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$130raised
$189to go

Sarah is a 43-year-old nun who serves with Our Lady of Fatima Rushoroza and lives at their motherhouse in Rushoroza. She is the second born in a family of 6. Her father died in 1993 and left her mother who took care of her and her siblings. Since September 2020, Sarah has been experiencing lower abdominal pains accompanied by severe bleeding. She's had treatment that has helped momentarily, but her condition always returns. She now has more pain than before. Currently, she cannot bend down or stand comfortably for a long time due to severe pain and shared that it is even difficult for her to take a bath. Sarah has been diagnosed with abnormal uterine bleeding and endometrial hyperplasia. If not treated, there is an increased risk of abnormal uterine bleeding worsening and its associated complications and risk of developing endometrial cancer. She shared that her congregation is unable to fund her surgery due to the current financial instability in the congregation as well as having many patients on their list to help. To help her heal, she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarah's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sarah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sarah says, “I hope to regain my health through surgery. When I am free from the pain, I will be able to continue with my day to day duties as a nun much more comfortably.”

$319raised
Fully funded