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Amy Ware

UF MEMBER

United States

Amy's Story

Amy joined Watsi on April 7th, 2015. Two years ago, Amy joined the Universal Fund and became the 1112th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,849 more people have joined! Amy's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Thai, a teacher from Cambodia, to fund hip replacement surgery.

Impact

Amy has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by Amy

Nene

Divine is a little girl from the Philippines. Her family lives near a rice field, and her father, Domingo, is a farmer. She loves to sing and play games with her siblings. Divine has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Divine will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Divine's mother says, "I am hoping that my child will gain weight and have a healthy body and become a successful teacher someday."

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Mayvelin

Mayvelin is eleven-months-old, but she weighs as much as a healthy four-month old. She is so underweight because she is suffering from malnutrition, a condition that results from a diet lacking in protein, calories, and essential vitamins. Since her body is not getting the fuel it needs, her immune system is weak. She is unable to fight off sicknesses that healthy children can get over quickly, resulting in frequent fevers and sickness. If she does not receive treatment, she could face long-term consequences such as a low IQ, behavioral problems, or increased risk of chronic diseases as an adult. Mayvelin lives with her parents and five older brothers. They live in a house that they are borrowing from family members because they cannot afford to pay for one of their own. Mayvelin does not have any toys, but her older siblings blow up a plastic bag and tie it to make a ball for her to play with. Her father works as a day laborer, making just over three dollars per day, and her mother works at home taking care of Mayvelin and her five siblings. Together, they cannot afford to give her even just one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Mayvelin recover from malnutrition. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent bouts of diarrhea. Her mother will receive the support she needs to feel empowered to give Mayvelin the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily, even with their limited resources. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Mayvelin the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made her sick in the first place. Mayvelin's mother said, "I got worried when I was told that my daughter wasn't growing well, especially because she also always gets sick. I want to see my daughter better so she can grow well. I want to see her go to school and study and graduate and become a teacher. Thank you for this support."

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Kemigisa

Kemigisa is a 28-year-old mother of three from Uganda. She works as a housewife and her husband is a casual laborer. Two of their children are in primary school, but they have not yet managed to pay the school expenses. Seven years ago, Kemigisa developed a painful swelling in her upper abdomen that has since been diagnosed as an epigastric hernia-- a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through the abdominal wall. She experiences heartburn after every meal and sometimes fails to eat. In addition, she struggles to lift heavy items and cannot make it to her hilltop gardens. Kemigisa regrets that her nine-year-old and eleven-year-old children fetch water and collect firewood alone as a result of her pain. However, she forces herself to dig in the garden because she has no one else to do it for her. At the suggestion of a friend Kemigisa visited Virika Hospital, a facility that works with Watsi's medical partner in Uganda. She was fortunate to find someone who bought her two chickens, allowing her to pay for transportation to the hospital. However, Kemigisa requires financial assistance to afford a $220 hernia repair surgery. Doctors at Virika Hospital will return Kemigisa's herniated tissue to her abdominal cavity and seal the weakened area of her abdominal wall. Let's help Kemigisa attain the funds she needs for surgery. After surgery she hopes to work hard and take care of her family. She will be able to cultivate more food and sell some of it in order to supplement her husband’s income.

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