Philippines

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Bret is an energetic and active seven-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to play around. "He cannot stay in his seat even for a minute," his mother says. Bret loves to play with other children. About three years ago, Bret began to have pain in his scrotum when he would run. During one of the International Care Ministries (ICM) health screening programs, Bret underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. This is a protrusion of tissue through the abdominal wall near the groin, and requires surgery to repair. At school, Bret's condition affects his ability to concentrate, and he often even has to miss class. Without treatment, he will continue to experience pain and discomfort, and the hernia may even cause further complications. Bret's father is a security guard while his mother is housewife. Their income is barely enough to cover their daily needs as well as Bret's schooling. They need assistance paying for Bret's surgery. $1437 will cover the costs of his operation where surgeons will position the protruded tissue back in its proper place and repair the opening in his abdominal wall. These funds will also pay for any additional supplies and inpatient care Bret needs to fully recover. After his surgery, Bret will be able to return home and play with ease. He will be able to concentrate on his studies so that he can work towards a successful future. "We are very happy to know that someone could help our boy," Bret's mother says, "We didn't expect this great blessing to us. Thank you so much may you be blessed more and more because you helped those in great need."

$1,437raised
Fully funded

Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. His wife stays at home with their son while he works as a contractual laborer, making about $80 a month. Three years ago, Dennis felt pain in his inguinal area but did not have any consultation because of financial issues. The pain worsened while he was working as a laborer because he was lifting heavy objects at work. Dennis was unable to stop working as his income was the only financial means for his family. Dennis verbalized that he wants to be a reliable provider for his family and now that he is already a father, his first priority is their welfare, even though it means sacrificing his own comforts. Dennis really desires to give his best to provide the needs of their family. Dennis was screened at International Care Ministries, one of Watsi's medical partners. He underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The doctor strongly suggested that he undergo an emergency operation because Dennis' condition is getting worse. However, Dennis and his family cannot afford the treatment because Dennis' income is only enough for their daily needs. $1,437 will fund Dennis' hernia repair. After the surgery, he is looking forward to seeking a more stable job and to spend time with his family. "I did not expect that my condition would be given attention," shared Dennis. "Now that I have my own family, they are my number one priority and I thought I would have this condition forever. A fellow father may know how I feel. I am thankful that there are still people who are willing to help me. Thank you so much, it means a lot."

$1,437raised
Fully funded

Loise Glory is a three-year-old girl from Philippines with a cleft lip and palate. Due to this congenital condition, Loise has speech difficulties and trouble eating properly. Loise's mother is accepting of her daughter's condition, but seeks treatment for her in earnest to prevent her from being bullied. Apart from her condition, Loise is a joyful girl who is always smiling. She likes to play indoor games because outside she was bullied by other children. They called her names pertaining to her speech difficulties and physical appearance, causing her mother great pain. Loise is not yet in school, so she spends a lot of time playing at home with her brother. Loise's mother is a participant in a community sponsored by Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries. When she found that she could receive help for her daughter, she jumped at the opportunity. Loise's father is the only one who earns income for the family. He is a loader operator and makes $80 a month-- barely enough to cover the family's day-to-day needs. Accordingly, the family needs help to cover the $505 surgery to repair Loise's cleft lip and palate. After her surgery, Loise will be able to eat properly again and her family can begin to focus on correcting her speech problems. Loise's mother shared, "As a mother it is hard for me to see my child get bullied because of her condition. Though I wanted so much to let her be treated, we couldn't because we couldn't afford the expenses of the surgery. It was an answered prayer to us that there are people willing to help my daughter. Thank you so much in advance for your help. This surgery can change our lives, especially Loise's."

$505raised
Fully funded

Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha is in the care of her mother and currently attends a day care center in their town. Since she was born, Samantha has had a cleft palate, a facial malformation that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. Her condition makes everyday living difficult, and Samantha has difficulty breathing and swallowing food. Her mother has stopped working in order to care for her daughter. Samantha is a playful child, but her condition makes her feel shy. Her family has tried to save money for treatment, but doing so has been difficult. Fortunately, our medical partner's community outreach team found and screened Samantha. She is now scheduled for a repair surgery on January 25. This procedure will allow Samantha to breathe and eat easily and will increase her confidence. Samantha's father works as a bus conductor. However, his income is barely enough to sustain them. For this reason, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,088 to fund the treatment. "I am happy that at last Samantha could get treated," says Samantha's mother. "We are really close to her healing right now...Samantha is a sweet girl and has big dreams, but she cannot reach them if she does not have confidence. This operation will give Samantha hope for a good future. As a mother, my greatest desire is to see my children well and succeed someday. Thank you for this chance that you've given. May you be blessed."

$1,088raised
Fully funded