Lindsey Evans
Lindsey's Story

Lindsey joined Watsi on February 18th, 2016. 91 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lindsey's most recent donation supported Koluman, a 14-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund surgery to correct a leg deformity.

Impact

Lindsey has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Lindsey

“I can’t wait to get back to school,” Koluman says. “I will study very hard so I can someday go to university.” This ambitious 14-year-old boy was born with genu valgus, a condition where the knees develop at a sharp inwards angle. There is a high occurrence of this disorder in Tanzania, Koluman’s home country, due to high fluoride levels in the water. Koluman experiences pain and fatigue when playing or when walking long distances. His genu valgus also prevents him from helping his family of six around the house. This is especially sad for Koluman because his father died a few years ago, making it challenging for his mother to both keep the household in order and earn enough money to support her five children. Koluman’s mother initially took him to another hospital for help, and he was treated. However, he did not receive proper follow-up, and his condition regressed again. The family was then advised to come to Plaster House, our medical partner's care center, for surgery and appropriate aftercare. For $838, we can sponsor Koluman’s corrective operation on April 11, as well as his subsequent cast removal and a three-month stay at Plaster House to ensure that he recuperates safely this time. Koluman’s doctors expect that after proper treatment and full recovery, Koluman’s legs will straighten, allowing him easy and pain-free mobility. He will then be able to walk, help his mother around the house, and pursue his dreams of attending university.

$838raised
Fully funded

Bethany is a two-year-old girl from the Philippines. She loves to play, dance, and sing. Her family lives in a bamboo house and obtains water from the spring. They don't have access to electricity and use a kerosene lamp instead. Bethany has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens Bethany's growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Bethany 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. Bethany's mother hopes that she becomes healthy enough to go to school.

$184raised
Fully funded

Lance is a one-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to play with toy cars and balls. He lives with his parents, two siblings, and grandmother. Their only source of water is a pump. Lance's father, Alven, is a laborer, and he cannot afford to support his children. Consequently, Lance has a bloated stomach––an indication of kwashiorkor, a serious disease caused by a lack of protein. Lance began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 18, 2016. Lance is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under 5 in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely 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. Lance's aunt hopes that "someday Lance will finish his studies and will grow up healthy."

$184raised
Fully funded