EdCompass joined Watsi on July 10th, 2020. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! EdCompass' most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Srey, a loving grandmother from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see with her left eye.
EdCompass has funded healthcare for 117 patients in 9 countries.
EdCompass has funded healthcare for 117 patients in 9 countries.
Srey is a 62-year-old rice farmer, living with her husband - who is also farms with her. Together they have two sons and eight grandchildren. Srey enjoys taking part in ceremonies at her local pagoda, and cooking for her many grandchildren. Two years ago, Srey developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her light sensitivity, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, and is reluctant to go out on her own. When Srey learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. On September 7th, doctors at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, will perform small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After Srey has recovered, she will be able to see clearly, and to resume the activities of her daily life with renewed confidence. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Srey says: "I hope after surgery my eye can see better so I can easily go outside on my own."
Judith is a small-scale farmer. She is 26 years old and a mother to 2 children, both delivered by Caesarean section. She got to Nyakibale Hospital by foot from home to seek support after learning about the potential for surgical support program at the hospital. She managed to pursue a certificate in secretarial studies but failed to get a professional job due to the current economy and currently does farming. Her husband is in the bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) business, and they live in a two-roomed mud house. During her free time, she enjoys enjoys listening to music in her free time. She is currently expecting her third child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section as this way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Judith undergo a C-Section on December 16th. This procedure will cost $252, and Judith needs your support. Judith says, “It has always been a challenge to get out of the hospital whenever I deliver by surgery due to the hospital bill, but I have hopes that when given your support, all will be well.”
Joy is a 46-year-old business woman from southwestern Uganda. She shared that she gave birth to one child, who sadly passed away at only 6 months of age. While Joy herself has not had any other children, she is now the stepmother to her husband's three children. To support their family, Joy sells fruit along the highway, while her husband works as a farmer. For the past 14 months, Joy has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, bleeding and other worrying symptoms. Joy visited the hospital in Nyakibale, where she was diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas, which will need to be surgically removed. On December 23rd, Joy is scheduled to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale, to have her uterus removed. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Joy's surgery, after which she will be able to resume her daily activities, free of pain. Joy says: “I think I will get well because I know once I'm operated on, the condition that has always caused me ill health will be cured.”
Jonathan is a father of 5 children, with two sons and three daughters. His children are all in school and he hopes to educate them to the highest level he can. His motivation is based on his missing out on education. Jonathan and his wife are both farmers and during his free time, he enjoys watching soccer. For 9 months, Jonathan has had inguinal hernia. He complains of pain around the inguinal area especially when he strains. He is not able to lift heavy loads yet his work demands so. Jonathan requires surgery but is not able to raise the funds needed. He appeals for help. Fortunately, on December 6th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Jonathan's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Jonathan says, “I hope to get well once am given a chance to undergo the surgery and I expect to live well again and continue farming.”
Sak is a 14-year-old boy from Cambodia. His father is a teacher, and his mother sells clothes at the market. He has one younger sister who is eight years old and in the third grade. Since birth, Sak's left toes have been contracted making it difficult for him to walk without pain. He likes to play football but has trouble because of the contractures on his foot. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On November 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a flexion tenotomy of the left foot and osteotomy of the fifth metatarsus to release the contractures. After surgery, Sak will be able to walk without pain. Now, he and his family need help raising $487 to fund his procedure and care. Sak shared, "I hope my foot heals and I can wear shoes and walk easily after surgery. I want to play football with my friends without pain."
Sdoeung is a hardworking 48-year-old woman from Cambodia who works as a cleaner. She is the daughter of a rice farmer and has seven siblings. When she is not working, Sdoeung enjoys listening to music and watching TV. When she was 20, Sdoeung had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, she now experiences ear pain, discharge, and hearing loss. She also has difficulty communicating clearly with others. Fortunately, Sdoeung traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 14th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care. Sdoeung says, "I hope the ear infection stops permanently after surgery. I have spent a lot of money on medicines and treatments at private clinics, but nothing has helped."
Mark is a 22 year old small scale farmer, who left school early due to financial challenges. He currently lives with his married brother, while his parents - who are also farmers - live in a different part of the country. Mark developed small, painless swellings behind both of his knees in February. As time went on, the swellings have started to increase in size, and by August, he began to experience pain, particularly when he walks or stands for a prolonged period of time. As a result, he has had to stop farming. Mark sought help from doctors at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, where he was told that he would need to have the masses removed, in order to alleviate the nerve compression in his legs. On October 15th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital will remove the masses, enabling Mark to return to a productive and active life. Now he needs your help to raise the $145 required to cover the cost of the surgery. Mark says: “I wish and hope to live a normal life once again through surgery. I hope to be productive again like I used to be. I want to continue with farming after recovery to sustain myself."
San Htay is a 44-year-old woman from Thailand. She moved from Burma eight years ago in search of better economic opportunities and lives with her husband and two sons in a village in Thailand. San Htay has an older daughter, who lives nearby with her own family, and San Htay also has three children from a previous marriage who live in Burma with their grandfather. San Htay’s husband and older son work as day laborers and collect firewood and charcoal. She is a homemaker, taking care of the household, looking after her youngest son, and raising the family's chickens. She shared that their overall income is insufficient to cover the family’s daily expenses and healthcare. In October 2022, San Htay began to experience lower back pain and other worrisome symptoms. She visited the hospital in early November, where the doctors conducted an ultrasound and discovered a possible mass at the cervix. She was given iron supplements and pain medication. However, her symptoms have continued to worsen over time, and she is also experiencing headaches, weight loss, and a decreased appetite. As a result, working around the home is difficult for her, and her husband and son often have to leave work to help. This has led to a decrease in their family income, which is adding further stress on San Htay. She shared that she also misses being able to work in her garden to grow many things like cabbage and chilies, but the pain and fatigue make it too challenging. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help. The doctors at BCMF’s hospital want San Htay to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. San Htay will undergo this scan on December 8th, and BCMF is requesting $414 to cover the cost of San Htay’s CT scan and care. San Htay said: “At first, I was feeling hopeless, crying a lot, and now that I know there are donors who can help cover the cost of the treatment, I am feeling hopeful again.”
Petero is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He shared his story with us and that he was not able to attend school growing up because he was helping to take care of his father’s animals. He is a father to seven children, aged 30 to 44 years old. He lost his first wife in 2017 and remarried last year. For one month now, Petero has had a right hydrocele, a small painless swelling in his groin that later started increasing in size. The more the size increased, the more painful it became. He thought it was witchcraft, and decided to resort to prayer for healing. He has never visited any hospital for medical attention before. Currently, he is no longer able to farm comfortably because it has become too painful. If not treated, his condition could develop complications, such as a hematoma or an infection. Fortunately, on November 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Petero's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Petero says, “It is painful, and I can no longer do my day-to-day farming duties comfortably. I hope to get well through surgery and be able to live a normal and more productive life once again.”
Keu is an energetic 27-year-old who works in a factory. He is married and has a three-year-old son. During his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with his friends. In June 2021, Keu was in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a fracture on his right hand. He went to an emergency clinic, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, he is experiencing pain in his right hand and needs the hardware removed so he can fully heal. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 7th, Keu will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304, and Keu's family needs help raising the funds for his medical care. Keu says, "I hope I recover quickly and can return to work."
Jackline is a farmer and a mother of 7 children. Two of Jackline's children are employed while the others are still in school. Jackine enjoys farming, but hopes to open a retail shop in the future. Jackline's husband is a farmer and their family lives in a three-room mud-built house. Jackline enjoys the company of her four grandchildren. Five years ago, Jackline began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling and breathing difficulties. Jackline was diagnosed with nodular goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Jackline receive treatment. Jackline is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 6th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMHF is helping Jackline raise $252 to cover the cost of this procedure. Jackline shared, “When I am operated on, I hope to regain my health and be able to farm in good health to sustain and support my family.”
47-year-old Yasenta is a small scale farmer, living with her husband in a three room mud house in Uganda. Yasenta's husband is also a farmer. Over 20 years ago, Yasenta began to experience troubling symptoms, starting with a swelling in her neck. At first, the swelling was small and painless, but over time, it has increased in size. Yasenta tried using herbs, but they did nothing to help. Now, she is thirsty most of the time, and she can no longer carry loads on her head, because of the pain caused by the swelling. In addition, she develops fevers and blockages in her ears, and the condition has impacted her self esteem and confidence. When Yasenta finally went to the hospital to be evaluated, she was diagnosed with a nodular goiter, that if left untreated, could become cancerous. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $333 to fund the thyroidectomy that Yasenta is scheduled to undergo on October 14th, at Rushoroza Hospital. After the surgery, Yasenta should be able to continue her work as a farmer, and to feel more comfortable and confident in her life. Yasenta says: “I had lost hope of living a normal life again. I believe that I will be able to look normal again and live a better and more productive life after surgery.”