Benjamin Rudolph
Benjamin's Story

Benjamin joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Benjamin's most recent donation traveled 3,700 miles to support Maria, a mother from Kenya, to fund a thyroidectomy.


Benjamin has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 12 countries.

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Jun-jun is a five-year-old boy. He loves to play with his older brothers and likes books. He lives in a small house made of bamboo with his parents and six siblings. His father is a laborer. Jun-jun has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Jun-jun 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. Jun-jun's mother says, "I hope that my child will become healthy, be healed, and have a good future. I am looking forward to ICM's treatment for him."

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Chakra is a 43-year-old farmer living in Nepal with his wife and four children. He works in India to support his family, and his wife raises their cattle and farm. The yield from the field sustains them for about three months of the year, and rest of the months they buy food from the market. Chakra began to have pain on his left side of abdomen about one year ago. His pain worsens when he walks or lifts heavy weight. "My right side inguinal hernia's operation had been done in India about eight years ago when I worked there," he explains. "I decided to visit the doctors because I felt like the pain was similar to the one I experience before, and I suspected I might have developed a hernia on my left side." He traveled to a clinic under the care of our medical partner, Possible, for further evaluation. A hernia is when an internal organ pokes through the abdomen wall, causing severe pain. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of his intestines. Chakra's doctors recommended surgical intervention to repair the abdominal wall, remove the bulging tissue in his abdomen, and reposition his herniated tissue. The total cost of the procedure is $451, and covers the procedure, supplies, medications, and three days of inpatient care. Following his surgery, Chakra's pain will resolve and he will be able to walk and lift heavy weight easily. "I am so happy that I will be free of pain soon," he shares eagerly. Chakra's family needs financial assistance to complete payment for his planned surgery.

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