Guatemala

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Domingo is a 53-year-old man who lives in a one-room adobe house his wife and two kids. He was working as a bricklayer when he was electrocuted. He had to have half of both of his feet and his left arm amputated due to the severe burns. His left hand has limited mobility: the electrocution left his hand stiff, and unable to grab things such as pencils, and forks, without frequently dropping them. This has made it impossible for him to work as a bricklayer or a farm worker, which are the two jobs available in his rural community. Domingo's wife is supporting the family by cleaning and washing clothes for neighbors, as well as selling vegetables at the market. However, they are barely making ends meet. Domingo used to love playing saxophone in a band at his church, but now he is unable to participate. Now, he likes to spend his time reading the newspaper and any book he can find. Since he needs help to do most tasks, he is anxious to have a prosthetic so he can be independent. The prosthetic will allow him to hold small objects without dropping them, helping him to provide for his family. This would allow them to afford food, clothes, and education for his two kids, which they have not been able to do since he had to stop working. Domingo said, “I dream of starting my own business. I want to be able to hand people things. That will be possible with the prosthetic. My wife is the only one working, she is doing everything. I want to start my own business selling natural medications."

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Alejandro is a 16 year old teenager from Guatemala; he has six sisters and one older brother, who, like Alejandro, was born with club foot. In addition to the club foot, Alejandro also has a currently undiagnosed genetic condition that has caused tumors on his face and in other parts of his body. Approximately one infant in every 1000 live births will have clubfoot, making the condition a common one. Most cases, however, are successfully treated shortly after birth with nonsurgical methods such as stretching and casting. “His parents are extremely caring and want what is best for their youngest child, but he lives in an extremely rural area in northern Guatemala, and so they cannot afford nor do they have access to the care he needs or a prosthesis of any kind,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). For all of Alejandro’s life, “he has never been able to walk and so his father carries him everywhere that he goes, or he crawls on his hands and knees,” says WK. Two months ago, Alejandro received surgery to correct his club foot. $1252 will help Alejandro obtain prosthesis which will enable him to walk on his own. With this new independence, the shy teenager will finally begin to have the confidence and ability to attend school and make friends in his community. “He was born with his disability,” said Alejandro’s father, “But we were lucky that he was a good boy-he slept and ate well.” He adds, “we just want what is best for him."

$1,252raised
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