Patience is a tall, quiet and humble 13-year-old girl studying in 4th grade at Katobo Primary School. She is the only child to her parents, who separated, leaving her to her paternal grandmother to raise. Patience has been with her grandmother since she was 3 months old, and has never seen her parents. Both her grandparents are small scale farmers and with the little they earn, they are trying so hard to educate her but are always limited by school fees. Since she was a child, Patience has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her weakness and pain and prevents her from having a full, healthy life. Fortunately, on November 29th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Patience's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Patience's grandmother says, “Seeing my child in good health is all I wish for but without your support, we are unable to make her health well, we need your support.”
Simeo is a 67-year-old married father of six children from Southwestern Uganda. He works as a small-scale farmer, along with his wife to support their family. The couple has four daughters and two sons. Their oldest daughter is a nun and the rest of their children are married. For the past six years, Simeo has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him paresthesia, backaches, and pain when walking long distances and lifting heavy items. He was examined at a local hospital and surgery was recommended, but the treatment was too expensive. Recently, his condition has worsened. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Simeo receive treatment. On November 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, Simeo is requesting $230 to fund his procedure and care. Simeo shared, "I appeal for financial support to undergo this treatment. I believe I will get better after the surgery and be able to do my activities well."
Meet Francis, a 36 year old mechanic and father of three, living in Uganda. Before being orphaned as a young boy, Francis had aspired to becoming a veterinarian. Due to the loss of his parents, Francis discontinued his education, and began working in a garage to train as a mechanic. While he has had to stop his work of repairing motorcycles for the past three months, he has done some small scale farming, in order to sustain his family. His wife sells roasted maize on the roadside to help support their family. Ten years ago, Francis developed an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain, which has interfered with his ability to work, and to earn a stable livelihood. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Francis is scheduled for hernia repair surgery on October 4th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. After he has fully recovered, Francis should be able to return to his work, and to enjoying life with his family. Now he needs your support to fund the $230 procedure. Francis says: “This condition has really thrown me into a terrible situation. I no longer work, meaning I can’t even provide for my family, but I hope with your support, I will be able to regain my health to continue working like I was before.”
Erick is a 67 year old farmer from Uganda. He and his wife - who is also a farmer - have ten children. Erick and his wife struggle financially, and unfortunately, none of the children are in a position to help support their parents. Three years ago, Erick developed a left inguinal hernia, which causes him pain and weakness, and limits his ability to work and to live his life to the fullest. His pain and discomfort have meant that Erick has had to stop farming, which has only contributed to his financial woes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help. Because of their intervention, Erick is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on October 4th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. Now Erick needs your help to fund his procedure, which will cost $230. Erick said: “I appeal for your support so that my hope and health can be restored. I am in a bad state of finance that I cannot afford the costs of my surgery. I will be able to resume farming after surgery.”
Moses is a builder. He's a tall gentleman with a lot of stories and has kept his sense of humor through pain. He is a father to two daughters and two sons who are all in school. While he did not complete school, he joined a contracting company when he was young and became an experienced, skilled builder. Moses lives in a 3-roomed house with his wife and his four children. For some time now, Moses has had a right inguinal hernia. The pain is worst when he stands for long periods and he can barely lift anything heavy. His job as a builder involves a lot of heavy lifting, and his hernia has hindered his work performance. Fortunately, on September 27th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Moses's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Moses told us, “I am the only provider to my family, my wife is not working. I am afraid when I lose my health, I will not be able to provide for them again but with your support, I have hopes and expect the best.”
Hillary is a curious and playful 18-month-old from Uganda. His family is undergoing a hard time, as his mother passed away in June in a road accident. Hillary is currently being cared for by his grandmother, who works as a farmer. His grandmother shared her hopes of Hillary healing soon. Since birth, Hillary has had inguinal scrotal hernia that causes him pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is able to help him receive the treatment he needs. On September 26th, Hillary will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. AMH is requesting $230 to fund this procedure. Hillary's grandmother shared, “I think my grandson will be relieved from the pain he has been suffering once given your support to undergo his surgery. May he grow well.”
James is a porter who helps at Rushasha Health Center - he has been working there for 40 years. The 60-year-old is a father to six children with three daughters, all teachers, and already married. Two of his sons are still in school. While James only has two months until retirement, he is worried that his sons have not yet finished school. He has a lot of school loans and is worried about whether he will be able to rest after his retirement. Since six years ago, James has had a right inguinal hernia. This is more painful when he lifts something, walks long distances, and when he sits for long periods. Fortunately, on September 27th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund James's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. James says: “I know I will hustle and make sure my sons complete school once given a chance to regain my health after my surgery under your support.”
Innocent is a father of five children all of them in school. He managed to finish class 7 himself but could not proceed with his education. He later decided to be a preacher. From his preaching services, he is paid only $30 every Sunday. He is married and together with his family, they live a 3-roomed mud-built house. For four years, Innocent has had right inguinal hernia. The hernia presents as a swelling around his inguinal area and makes it uncomfortable for him to walk. He went to a government hospital but could not receive surgery. At Nyakibale Hospital, he could not raise the money needed for surgery and thus appealed for help. Fortunately, on September 13th, he will be able to undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Innocent's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Innocent says: “it will be a great honour and I will be humble seeing my health improve. I really have a lot of things to do but with this pain, I can’t do much yet and I know my family needs me.”
Jovia is a 60-year-old woman. Jovia lost her husband 20 years ago and has been caring for her 3 stepsons, successfully seeing them through school. Jovia's stepsons have left the nest and now have their own families. Jovia lives on her own as a farmer and keeps some cows to make ends meet. Eight months ago, Jovia was diagnosed with a painful right inguinal hernia. Jovia went to our medical partner's care center in Nyakibale to receive surgery. She was unable to afford the surgery, but our partners at African Mission Healthcare are helping Jovia fundraise the $230 needed to undergo this surgery on September 6th. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Jovia shared, “I am all alone, by myself and have no one else at home to help me, with such poor health, I can do nothing. I beg for your support, and I hope to get better once treated.”
Kato is a very outgoing, talkative and smart gentleman. Kato did not attend school, instead worked his life as a farmer. Kato has a twin brother and enjoys grazing his cows, especially in the evening. Kato was brought by his son to the hospital after experiencing continuous pain and discomfort. The pain was so severe, Kato had to stop working on his farm. After receiving a scan, it was concluded that Kato had a right inguinal hernia. A herniorraphy treatment was recommended to prevent further complications that could be fatal to his health. Kato is unable to afford the cost of his surgery on his own. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Kato's surgery on September 6th. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kato shared, "I hope to get support for my treatment. I am not in a position to raise my medical bill and am experiencing too much pain."
Emmanuel is a teacher and father of seven children. Emmanuel teaches at a local school alongside his wife. Some of their children are out of school, but not yet employed while the others are still in school. At this time, Emmanuel is focused on farming so that he can provide for his children. Emmanuel had swelling in a sensitive area for nearly three years. Emmanuel feels discomfort especially while walking and cannot sleep on his right side due to pain. Emmanuel first came to hospital in 2020 where he received oral medications that brought temporary relief. After further examination at our medical partner's clinic, Emmanuel received a scan that showed a right inguinal scrotal hernia. Doctors recommended Emmanuel receive a herniorrhaphy repair for complete recovery and prevention of further complications. Emmanuel is unable to afford the cost of his surgery on his own so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is raising $230 so that he can receive this life altering surgery on September 6th. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow Emmanuel to live more comfortably and confidently. Emmanuel shared, “I hope to have good health after am operated on and resume my duties of teaching and providing for my family without issues."