African Mission Healthcare


BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM)

Patients at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM)

Samuel is a smart, playful boy aged one year and eight months old. He loves martial arts and can recite the entire alphabet. His mom shared that he loves to pray with her and that before he was born, a prophet told her that she would give birth to a son named Samuel. She was very happy to have a son as her older children are all girls. Samuel's mother cleans the street for a living. She carries her son on her back and cleans the street early in the morning. Sometime back, Samuel contracted pneumonia due to the cold mornings, and she stopped working for a while. She has recently resumed to help support her family. Her husband works as a day laborer, but he does not have consistent work. The family lives in a rented single-room mud house. Their income is minimal, and they struggle to meet their daily expenses. They receive government donated food on public holidays. An international organization supports one of her school-going daughters, paying for her education and donating some food every month. Samuel was born with a congenital condition called epispadias, where the urethra does not develop into a full tube, and the urine exits the body from an unusual site. As a result of this condition, Samuel experiences constant urinary leakage and is unable to urinate while standing like other boys. Samuel is scheduled for epispadias repair but his family is not able to meet the surgery costs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Samuel receive treatment. On March 12th, surgeons at their care center BKMCM will perform an epispadias repair surgery so that Samuel can live more comfortably and confidently. Now, Samuel's family needs help to fund this $1,040 procedure. Samuel's mother says, "I love him so much that I pray every day that he will be fine after the surgery. I am worried that I might lose him during the surgery, but I want him to heal and become like other boys, so I consented to him having the surgery. I wish for him to become continent, and attend school someday."

$492to go

Amare is a 14-year-old teenage boy from Ethiopia. He loves playing with his friends and making things, such as a Tuk-tuk and a mobile toy made of metal wire and wood. He enjoys studying, reading books, and helping his mom at home by cleaning, making stew, and brewing coffee. Amare is the third child of his parents. His mother lost ten children, some during pregnancy and others after birth. She was heartbroken when she conceived Amare, fearing he might not survive. Amare’s parents are traditional farmers who harvest once a year due to seasonal rainfall. Without a nearby river, they cannot irrigate their fields and must travel thirty minutes to fetch spring water for drinking and cooking. Amare was born with Bladder Exstrophy, a condition where the bladder and parts around it are inside out. He underwent a Mainz pouch procedure, funded by the Watsi program, and recovered. Because of this condition, Amare's abdominal walls have weakened causing the development of a right inguinal hernia. He is in discomfort and pain. He is unable to eat well and has difficulty running and walking. This has also affected his psychological and social well-being. Fortunately, on May 30th, Amare will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $512 to fund Amare's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Amare's mother shared, “I hope with this surgery, he will become healthy and strong and free of any complications. I sometimes think this program is here just for me because I didn’t have any other hope. The hospitals I went to before couldn’t treat it. I was hopeless. I am grateful to the donors, and I trust he will completely heal from his current condition.”

$512to go

Abduselam is a playful two-year-old boy from Ethiopia. His mother is a home-maker who lost her parents when she was a child, and was brought up by relatives. She left Ethiopia at the age of fifteen, worked in Saudi Arabia for twelve years, and built the house where she and her family currently reside using the money she earned abroad. She built an additional three rooms that she presently rents out, and uses the income to support her family's basic needs. Abduselam's father farms in the family's ancestral land, and his parents live together with his wife and children in one household. For fun, Abduselam enjoys playing in the mud with other with other children in the neighborhood. Abduselam was born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urinary opening is not at the usual location, causing urinary dysfunction. Abduselam was born while his family was living as internally displaced persons during the war in Tigray, and his mother noticed the condition when he was three months old. She took him to local hospitals and he was put on long treatment waiting lists. While waiting for her son to receive treatment, Abduselam's mother heard that another child with the same condition had received treatment at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Center (BKMCM). She managed to get connected to a social worker at BKMCM, and a relative paid for their transportation to the hospital. Abduselam's mother is presently worried, but is hopeful that her child will receive the medical treatment he needs. Without surgical correction, Abduselam will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms, and is at risk for infertility. Fortunately, Abduselam is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the cost of his procedure and care. Abduselam's mother says, “I hope he will get the surgery that he needs and fully recover, so that he can have a normal childhood.”

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Wal is a 23-month-old boy who lives in Ethiopia with his siblings and parents. Wal's family is from South Sudan and living in the Jewi refugee camp in Gambela, Ethiopia. Both parents do not work and maintain their lives through donations from the UNHCR. They have planted some vegetables in their backyard for their consumption and own five chickens. Wal was born with a congenital anomaly called bladder exstrophy, where the bladder is abnormally open from the front. The bladder is exposed to air and urine leaks onto his abdomen. As a result, he suffers from pain due to irritation of the bladder, infections, and discomfort from the leak. Wal requires a Mainz Pouch procedure, which involves diverting his urination to the anal opening and creating a pouch bladder from the bowel. Wal's mother knew about his condition at birth but he was too young for surgery at that time. Later, they were told they needed to go to the capital city, Addis Ababa for the surgery, but they couldn't afford the transportation cost. Because of the conflict in the region, there are no buses in the area. Planes are available but the cost to fly is prohibitive. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Through their care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre, they were able to support their flights and find a place where the family can stay. Wal is scheduled for this bladder surgery on June 25th. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,500 to fund his medical care. His family needs your help. Wal's mother said, “I hope that he will get the surgery and heal. I want to see him go to school.”

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