Lydia is a 55-year-old single mother from Uganda. She has ten children, the youngest of whom is still in school. She farms and sells coffee to support her family. Several years ago, Lydia developed a sensitive condition that made it difficult for her to control her bowel function. A community health nurse visiting her village told Lydia that she might be helped through the Watsi program at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center. There, she was examined by a surgeon, who determined her condition could be corrected through gastrointestinal surgery. She has been scheduled for a laparotomy to repair her condition. On May 5, Lydia will undergo surgery at Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $307 to cover the cost of her procedure. "I pray to God to bless all the donors," says Lydia. "They are helping me with a treatment I could not afford. Thank you to all the donors.” After her surgery, Lydia hopes to be able to farm more and expand her business selling coffee beans.
David is a 58-year-old minister from Uganda who enjoys reading the Bible and preparing lessons to share. He works alongside his wife at the local congregation to support the family. Together, David and his wife have seven children. David first felt abdominal pain in 1978. He had chronic pain ever since and took pain medication for relief. Three years ago, physicians told David that he would need to have his inflamed appendix removed in order to avoid life-threatening complications associated with the appendix bursting. David could not afford the surgery so he once again elected to take pain medications. This year, the pain became increasingly difficult to bear. Luckily, David found help at a community hospital funded by The Kellermann Foundation, one of our medical partners. On March 15, David will undergo surgical removal of his appendix. The Kellermann Foundation is requesting $307 to help fund the surgery. After this procedure, David will feel better and be able to return to his favorite activities. David says, "I thank the people that are supporting Watsi, and most especially those donating towards my surgery. May God bless them abundantly.”
Aisha is a 25-year-old woman from rural Uganda. She has two children, and she and her husband work as small farmers. They grow food crops primarily for home consumption, including beans, potatoes, cassava, and vegetables. They sell some of their surplus food to support their family. During her free time, Aisha likes to play with her children, go to church, and visit her friends and relatives. For the past year, Aisha has had a painful ovarian cyst. This cyst has caused Aisha to experience a lot of discomfort and pain, and her doctors have suggested that Aisha should undergo a laparotomy to remove the mass. On July 21, surgeons at Bwindi Community Hospital will perform a laparatomy procedure on Aisha. The $307 requested by our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, to fund Aisha's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a five-night hospital stay, labs, medication, supplies, and surgeon time. After recovery, Aisha is looking forward to continue with her farming.
Hadija is a 50-year-old mother of three from Uganda. Together with her husband, Sulait, she farms to grow food for consumption. For the past eight months, Hadija has experienced pain in her abdomen. After seeking treatment, she learned that she has gallstones. On March 15, Hadija will undergo laparotomy surgery to remove the gallstones. She will be treated at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $307 to cover the cost of Hadija's treatment. Hadija is contributing $4 towards her own care. “I am very grateful for the donors' support. May God bless you,” says Hadija.
Maudah is a 53-year-old woman from Uganda who works as a small farmer growing local crops, such as bananas, potatoes, and beans. In her free time, Maudah likes to listen to the radio and watch her grandchildren play. Maudah has been feeling pain, abdominal fullness, and discomfort for approximately twelve years. After arriving at our medical partner's care center, she learned that she has a uterine mass that needs to be removed. As a result, she is now scheduled to undergo a laparotomy to remove the mass on February 24. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Maudah says, "I thank the donors very much for their support. My husband and I could not afford such a major surgery without their help. May God bless them."
Enoth is a 40-year-old husband and father of five children from Uganda. He works as a mechanic, and his wife grows crops to feed their family. Enoth uses his small income to support his children's education and other needs. In his free time, he watches soccer and participates in community games. He also enjoys listening to music while he works. For the last six months, Enoth has endured pain from appendicitis. He experienced difficulty bending and squatting, and he had trouble falling asleep. He tried pain relievers that he received from a local clinic, but they were not helpful. Eventually, he visited our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Now, a surgery is scheduled for March 16, and our medical partner is requesting $307 to fund the appendicitis treatment. Enoth will pay $4. “Thank you so much," says Enoth. "I may not have enough to pay you back for the help, but I pray for blessings upon the donors.”
Sylivia is a 50-year-old widow of 18 years from southwestern Uganda. She has five daughters and currently lives with her seven-year-old grandson. Prior to the development of her medical condition, Sylivia ran a small restaurant in her village and grew a lot of her own food. Despite her troubles, she remains an active member of her church. For the past three years, Sylivia has been suffering from extreme pelvic pain. She had been prescribed pain killers, but they have not helped. Upon examination at the hospital, Sylivia was diagnosed with a large pelvic cyst that requires surgical removal. To fund a laparotomy for Sylivia, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 on top of the $7 that Sylivia has contributed towards her own surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once the cyst is removed, will hopefully allow Sylivia to return to her former lifestyle. "Please send my great thanks to all the donors. Their help will hopefully make it possible for me to work again. I am so grateful," expresses Sylivia.
Christine is a 47-year-old Ugandan farmer. She works alongside her husband, Enock to grow local crops such as bananas, millet, and beans and ground nuts for home consumption. They also sell the surplus to earn a living. Christine doesn’t have a biological child of her own, but her husband Enock has five older, married children. In her free time, Christine enjoys organizing her home and making it hospitable, going to church on Sunday, and singing in the church choir. Christine has been feeling abdominal fullness, discomfort, and pain in her uterus for five years. She decided to visit Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH), which is a care center of our medical partner, The Kellerman Foundation, to seek treatment. There doctors determined that she needs a laparotomy, which will allow doctors to see what is causing her pain and alleviate it. On May 24, Christine's procedure is scheduled to take place at BCH. Our medical partner is seeking $307 to cover Christine's surgery. These funds will cover her operation, five nights of hospital stay, and additional,l necessary medications and medical equipment. Christine is looking forward to living a pain-free life so that she can do her daily chores and take care of her husband. She says, “I thank the Lord for using the donors to sponsor my treatment. May the Lord bless them abundantly.”
Grace is a 25-year-old mother of one from Kanungu in rural Uganda. Grace works at a local school as a matron for the young girls. When she is not at work, she likes to dig on her small piece of land and grow food. Grace has been diagnosed with an ovarian mass and has been experiencing pelvic bleeding for the last six months. She has now been diagnosed with anemia. Surgeons have recommended Grace for a laparotomy procedure to remove the ovarian mass. Grace will undergo surgery on Mary 25. As she cannot afford to pay the hospital and surgery costs by herself, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for help to raise $307 in funds. After she recovers from her surgery, Grace hopes to go back and continue working at her school. Grace thanks the donors for their support.
60-year-old Loy is from Uganda, where she lives in a remote village in the hills. She walked all day with one of her granddaughters to reach the hospital to seek care. Loy's condition started around nine months ago and causes her acute pain in the abdomen when eating, taking deep breaths, and even sitting. This has made it impossible for her to work and do normal chores around the house. She has been diagnosed with peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdominal membrane, and has been scheduled for a laparotomy. Because of the pain, Loy no longer farms her land, but her grandchildren have planted crops and bring her food. One of her greatest pleasures is spending time with her grandchildren, watching them play and telling them stories about when she was a young girl. After her surgery, she is looking forward to being able to weave baskets again. “I wish all the donors God’s blessings so their continuous helping work will go on smoothly,” says Loy. Watsi is requesting $307 to fund Loy's treatment.
Pauline is a 27-year-old mother from rural Uganda. She works as a nursing assistant at a local health unit. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball with community members and learning how to cook new dishes. She has one very active son and likes to play with him and her husband in the evenings. Pauline has an ovarian cyst that has brought her lower abdominal pain and back aches for the past six months. It has made it difficult for her to work and play with her son. Pauline's doctor recommended doing a laparotomy to have the cyst removed. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 to fund Pauline's surgery. After a successful surgery and recovery, Pauline looks forward to going back to work and playing sports again in her free time. Pauline says, “I very much appreciate the support from the donors and well-wishers that are contributing their resources for the needy people to access such life changing surgeries. And may God bless you abundantly.”
Rachael is a 13-year-old young girl from Uganda. She is in her final year of primary education. Rachael has a pelvic cystic mass that has been very painful for the last eight months. Because of the pain, she misses some days at school. When she is feeling better, Rachael likes playing netball and skipping rope with her friends. On June 10, Rachael will undergo surgery to remove the mass. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, requests $307 to help cover the expenses of the treatment. After Racheal recovers from her surgery, she hopes to go back and continue with her studies. She dreams of one day being a nurse. Rachael’s mother says, “I thank the donors for the support. We have no way we could raise the money to pay for this surgery. You are very kind that you have helped people you have never met.”