Tareq Ismail
Tareq's Story

Tareq joined Watsi on October 10th, 2016. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tareq's most recent donation supported Selemani, a farmer from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.


Tareq has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.

Patients funded by Tareq

“I just want to see my daughter laugh and play again,” shares Shallon’s mother. Shallon, an 18-month-old baby girl from Uganda, has been sick for two months. She is extremely thin and weak, experiences diarrhea, and has lost her appetite. Her mother brought her to Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center, where she was diagnosed with malnutrition. In addition to the immediate dangers that Shallon faces from a compromised immune system, she runs the long-term risks of compromised physical and cognitive development. Before she fell ill, Shallon was a very different girl. She was a lively child who liked running and playing. She would mimic everything she saw her mother do, from rinsing dishes and washing her father’s hands to digging in the garden. In order to restore her to this state of health and happiness, Shallon’s doctors need to provide her with emergency nutritional supplies, such as therapeutic milk and dextrose. On April 16, they will also run a number of lab tests to evaluate her body’s needs and to determine whether there are any additional causes for Shallon’s lack of appetite. Shallon’s parents—who provide food for the family through subsistence farming and earn a small income making bricks and baskets to sell—do not have enough money to pay for their daughter's medical care. But for $316, we can cover the costs of Shallon’s lab tests and nutritional supplies, as well as her ten-day stay at the hospital and transportation home. Let’s make sure Shallon can once more become the energetic child that her parents remember. “I am so grateful for the help,” says Shallon’s mother.

Fully funded

Karyn Dayana is nine months old. She and her twin sister, also named Karyn, are only the size of healthy two-month-olds. Their mother cannot produce breast milk to feed her twins, so they are small and malnourished. Karyn Dayana lives on a limited diet, which is insufficient and has dangerous implications for her health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, so she is at risk of long-term damage. Karyn Dayana’s father works as a day laborer, and her mother works at home. Her family cannot afford to pay for her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), is requesting $1,107 to fund this treatment. To stabilize her condition, Karyn Dayana was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until WK's nutritionist can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment on February 3. By supplying Karyn Dayana with formula and her mother with health education, Karyn Dayana will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Karyn Dayana’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her daughter. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Karyn Dayana’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Karyn’s mother says, “We are worried about our daughter’s health since she is so small and keeps getting sick. Before this, we had not thought to look for help since we live so far away from the community. We hope our twin daughters can get better and grow well so that they can someday have dignified jobs.”

Fully funded

19-month-old Eber is a shy boy who lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Eber likes playing with his plastic ball and his toy car, and he often pretends that the car is taking him on long trips. Despite his love of lighthearted games, Eber is battling a serious medical condition: malnutrition. In the short term, malnutrition means that Eber’s immune system is weak and that he is underweight and small for his age—conditions that could result in permanent stunting if he does not regain his health soon. Other long-term consequences of his nutritional deficiency could include a lower IQ and a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Although Eber’s parents want badly to help their son recover from malnutrition, they do not have the resources to pay for the medical intervention he needs. Eber’s father works every day in the countryside planting corn, while the boy’s mother takes care of the household and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Fortunately, we can give this family a hand. For $492, Eber will receive both short- and long-term help beginning on April 17. Food supplementation and micronutrients will make sure the boy returns quickly to a standard weight. One-on-one nutrition lessons between Eber's mother and a community health worker will make sure Eber remains healthy. “I am glad to be a part of this program so that my son has the opportunity to get better,” Eber’s mother shares. “I hope that over time he will develop into a healthy boy.”

Fully funded