Tumwine is a 52-year-old teacher and a mother of four children. She is married and her husband is also a primary school teacher. They are proud of the children they are raising. Their oldest child is 25 and got married after completing a nursing degree. Their second child is studying for a certificate in teaching, their third has completed secondary school class four, and their youngest is in secondary school class three. They own a four-room semi-permanent house. Tumwine developed a small swelling on her neck 20 years ago and it has progressively increased in size. While it used to be painless, she now experiences pain and worries about what may happen if she isn't treated. She could experience difficulty eating or breathing in the future. After she was examined, she was diagnosed with a thyroglossal mass. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tumwine to receive treatment. On July 6th, surgeons will remove the mass and now, Tumwine needs help raising $145 to fund this procedure. Tumwine shared, “I pray that I may be given a chance to look normal again and to be able to do my duties comfortably. The swelling affects me and am not comfortable in class. I will resume teaching as soon as possible.”
Kyasimire is a 37-year-old small scale farmer who works on her farm together with her husband to provide for their five children. They make a humble income to see their children through school and also meet necessary medical costs. For some time now, Kyasimire has had a submandibular mass. The mass is swollen, disfiguring her mandible, and she is worried about the gradual increase in size. She is also afraid of the health implication it might bring if left untreated. Kyasimire had been to a different facility in 2020 and was recommended to undergo surgery. However, the cost was too much for her to afford at the time. At Rushoroza Hospital, she was recommended to undergo the same surgery and was fortunately linked with our medical partner and Watsi for support. On June 10th, surgeons will remove the mass from her jaw. Now, Kyasimire needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Kyasimire shared, “I pray that I may have a successful surgery. I will resume farming as soon as possible because it is the major source of our family’s income to support our children.”
Kabatereine is a 66-year-old father of twelve children. After painfully losing his first two wives, he currently lives with his third wife and several of his children, trading goats to support his family. Four years ago, Kabatereine developed a painless mass on his back. Though he had originally hoped that the lump will shrink on its own, it did not and has recently started to cause pain and discomfort. Due to worries of the increasing abnormal growth of the tissue mass, he visited Rushoroza Hospital, which is a care center of our medical partner, African Mission Health (AMH). Doctors recommended a mass excision, which will occur on June 10th at Rushoroza Hospital. AMH is requesting $145 to fund this procedure for Kabatereine's treatment. Kabatereine says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume my usual business of buying and selling goats to be able to support my family.”
Owomugisha is a 13-year-old student and the oldest child in a family of three siblings. His parents are small scale farmers and his family lives together in a single rented room. In March, Owomugisha developed a small mass in his chest area, which has been gradually increasing in size. He was initially given medication, but the mass is not receding. If it is not treated, he will continue to be uncomfortable in school, and could experience poorer quality of life. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Owomugisha receive treatment. He traveled to AMH's care center where, on June 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Owomugisha needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Owomugisha’s mother shared, “I pray that my son may get well through surgery. I want him to be able to comfortably proceed with his education.”
Ampureire is a seven-year-old student from Uganda. She lives with her mother, three siblings and grandmother. Her grandmother is a farmer and supports the family while Ampureire's mother nurses one of her young children. Ampureire was born with a small neck opening. The opening healed on its own, but later, she developed a swelling in the same spot. The swelling has increased and Ampureire experiences pain from time to time. She was diagnosed with a branchial cyst. If not treated, the swelling will persist and affect her quality of life. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ampureire to receive treatment. She traveled to AMH's care center where, on June 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ampureire needs help to raise $145 to fund the procedure. Ampureire’s grandmother shared, “I pray that my granddaughter may get well through surgery as I look forward to taking her to school.”
Tumushabe is a small scale farmer from Uganda and a married mother of six children. Her husband is also a peasant farmer and, together, they own a four-room semi-permanent house. Tumushabe likes handcrafting, especially making grass mats, during her free time. One year ago, Tumushabe developed a small swelling on her right wrist. The cyst has been increasing in size and has recently become painful, especially when she is farming. She is worried it could worsen and prevent her from performing her other daily duties. Tumushabe visited a local hospital and was diagnosed with a dermoid cyst. If not treated, the pain may continue and the cyst could grow in size. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 14, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tumushabe needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Tumushabe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will continue with farming and be able to take care of my family.”
Biryomumeisho is a 68-year-old man and a father of 15 children. He shared that he has a lot on his shoulders due to the size of his family, but has managed to educate a few of his children through farming. His oldest child is now 41 years old, while his youngest is ten years old and in primary school. One of his children recently graduated, but has not yet found employment. He owns a four-room permanent house and works hard to find different types of business and work whenever he can. Seven years ago, Biryomumeisho developed a small swelling on the right side of his face that progressively increased in size with on and off pain. At a local hospital, he was diagnosed with a dermoid cyst. If not treated, pain could persist and continue increasing in size. However, he cannot afford the surgery charges for treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Biryomumeisho receive treatment. He visited AMH's care center and on May 14th, surgeons will finally remove the mass. Now, Biryomumeisho needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Biryomumeisho shared, “I pray that I may get well through surgery as I look forward to resuming farming for further my family's development.”
Kyomukama is a 45-year-old mother of three. Her husband works as a driver for the Local Council, and together they own a three-room permanent house for shelter. Kyomukama's firstborn is 18 years old and in secondary school class three, while the last born is 13 years old and in primary school class seven. She and her husband work hard to support their children and pay for their school fees. For the last year, Kyomukama has had a left abdominal wall mass. The mass had been excised a year ago, but since then has recurred in the same area and is increasing in size. Now, she needs surgery to have the new mass removed. Kyomukama traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 6th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyomukama needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Kyomukama shared, “I am helpless and I am worried; I need the surgery. I plan to start farming as soon as I recover completely.”
Ainembabazi is a two-year-old girl and is youngest in her family of three children. Her mother is a small-scale farmer while her father is a bicycle mechanic. Her older siblings are 9 and 5 years old. Their family rents a single room for shelter and have to work hard to earn enough for their day-to-day needs. In November 2020, Ainembabazi developed a fever and her mother noticed she had a swelling on her stomach which she thought could be the cause of the fever. She bought medicine to rub on the swell hoping that the it would recede but it did not. Ainembabazi's mom shared that her daughter cries most of the time and has recently started growing thinner, which she associates with the swelling. Ainembabazi has always been a playful girl but has recently stopped being active. She was brought to our Medical Partner's Care Center Rushoroza Hospital for medical advice. Doctors have determined that she has a cyst and if not treated, pains could persist and would in the long-run stop her from doing her day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, her parents are not able to afford the cost of surgery and appeal for help. On March 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ainembabazi's family needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Ainembabazi’s mother says, “I pray that my daughter may get well through surgery as I look forward to taking her to school.”
Tusiime is an 8-year-old girl and in primary school class two. She is very active and hardworking in class. Her father is a charcoal maker, while her mother is a small scale farmer. They have seven children together and Tusiime is the fifth born. Her parents are having a hard time earning enough to cover the school fees for their children, but are working hard to make ends meet. They live in a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. For the last six years, Tusiime has experienced pain and discomfort with a mass on her wrist that is increasing in size. Tusiime traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tusiime needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Tusiime’s mother says, “With this surgery, Tusiime will be able to proceed comfortably with education.”
Butaara is a 71-year-old small scale farmer. Butaara is a mother of seven children, with her firstborn now 49 years old, while her youngest child is 37 years old. Most of her children are married and are low-income earners who were not able to complete school. Both she and her husband are farmers, and her husband is also on the local council of their village. They own a four-room semi-permanent house for shelter. For the last 25 years, Butaara has experienced worsening pain and discomfort on her back. Upon visiting our medical partner's care center, doctors recommend that the mass needs to be excised. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 13th, surgeons will remove the mass on her back. Now, our partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $145 to fund this procedure. Butaara shared, "I want to be able to work comfortably again and become an even more productive farmer."
Tugumisirize is a cleaner from Uganda and a mother of 6 children, with her last born 8 years old and in a first grade student. Tugumisirize works at St Mary’s College Rushoroza and her husband is a part-time driver at Rushoroza Parish. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter and work hard to make ends meet for their family. For the last eight years, Tugumisirize has experienced discomfort from a mass that is increasing in size on her right thigh. Doctors recommend that the mass be removed to finally relieve her condition and limit future risks. Tugumisirize traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tugumisirize needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Tugumisirize shared, "It has been difficult working because of this condition."