The joined Watsi on September 10th, 2016. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! The's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Gracious, a 3 year old girl from Tanzania, to fund surgery to heal her burn scars.
The has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 4 countries.
The has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 4 countries.
Gracious is three years old, and the only child in her family. She lives with her parents - her mother and father are small scale farmers, growing maize, beans and whey. Her father also works for Serengeti Balloon Safaris, a job to which he has only recently returned, after the disruptions in the tourist industry caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In September of last year, Gracious was playing with a friend on the verandah of her home. She stumbled over a stool that was sitting next to a charcoal stove, where a pot of beans was cooking. As a result of her fall, Gracious' face, neck and chest were burned by hot steam from the pot of beans. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated, and sent home. However, as a result of the scarring from the burns, Gracious has developed contractures on her neck, making her unable to move her neck around, and causing her discomfort. Gracious will need surgery to release these burn contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gracious to access the care that she needs. On October 11th, she will undergo a procedure at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, that will enable her to move her neck more freely, and without pain. Now, her family needs your help to fund this $639 operation. Gracious’ mother says: "I hope my child recovers fully and lives a normal life.”
Joshua is a 7-year-old student from Tanzania who is in grade two and enjoys Mathematics and English. He also loves to play soccer. He comes from a family of seven children. His hardworking mother practices small-scale farming, as well as livestock keeping, in order to support their family since she is the sole provider. Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition that causes his legs to bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is unable to fully enjoy games and sports with his classmates and siblings. This condition has also affected his day-to-day activities around the house. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joshua. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joshua's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joshua's mother shares, "As a mother, seeing my son play and walk freely gives me joy, and that is what I desire."
Hamisi is a six-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother. Hamisi started kindergarten earlier this year, but unfortunately had to stop because he was getting sick so often. His mother is a small-scale farmer and their family depends on her crops for their food. Since he was two years old, Hamisi has had a right inguinal hernia which means that tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The hernia has caused swelling on the right side of his pelvis and he experiences pain and discomfort. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Hamisi to receive treatment. On October 18th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, he needs help raising $566 to fund his procedure and care. Hamisi’s mother shared, "my son has been suffering due to this problem since he was two years old. Due to financial challenges, I have not been able to seek treatment for him. The condition has now gotten worse. Please help my son."
Fenet is a 1-year-old child from Ethiopia. She is a beautiful baby girl with two older siblings and she loves to play with them and their parents. Her dad is a daily labourer with an income not large enough to meet the family's needs and medical costs. Fenet was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. Children with this condition have an imperforate anus, or an absence of opening where it should be. Due to this condition, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency colostomy. Post-surgery, Fenet has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and experienced associated complications. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Fenet's condition has taken its toll on her mom and dad, and the whole process has been very emotional and difficult for them to go through. Her family appeals for help for Fenet to be treated. Fenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Fenet's procedure and care. After her recovery, Fenet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mom shared, “I hope my child will heal and God is able.”
Vumilia is a 2-year-old girl from Tanzania. She has a beautiful smile and is very charming. Vumilia is the third born in a family of four children. Her parents come from the northern part of Tanzania known as Serengeti, which is close to the Serengeti National Park. Most of the people living in this region depend on small-scale farming for a living. Vumilia's parents grow mostly maize, sorghum, and vegetables, selling part of their harvest to make a humble income to support the family. Vumilia was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or bowleggedness. Her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Vumilia has a difficult time walking and often feels pain after walking for a while. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Vumilia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Vumilia's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Vumilia’s mother shared, “My daughter is struggling so much that she can no longer play well with her siblings and is forced to sit by herself most times which saddens me as her mother. Please help correct her legs."
Tukamushaba is a 17-year-old student from Uganda. She had reached senior three in school before the COVID-19 crisis lockdown started. Tukamushaba is the last born in a family of ten children, with four brothers and five sisters who are all married and work as small scale farmers. She lives with her mother, as her father left the family when she was very young. Tukamushaba's mother used to work as a small scale farmer, but no longer works because recently suffered a stroke and has been home recovering. For the last six months, Tukamushaba has had a swelling within her chest. She feels tenderness and discomfort in the area, and needs to have the mass removed in order to relieve her of these symptoms. Tukamushaba traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tukamushaba's family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Tukamushaba's mother shared, “I humbly request you for your support of my daughter because she is really in deep pain and has suffered this issue for some time. However, her procedure has been delayed due to some financial struggles. I hope she will get better after surgery and can continue with school.”
Lucy is a housewife from Kenya. Lucy used to sell foodstuffs but stopped because of her medical condition. The family now fully depends on her husband who works as a casual laborer on construction sites to pay rent and college fees for their two children. Four months ago, Lucy began to experience severe abdominal pain and a backache. She has been diagnosed with a pelvic mass. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Lucy's surgery. On July 16th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Lucy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Lucy shared, “I hope I get assistance. I really want to get well soon and help my husband raise our family."
Jael is a young girl who arrived at the hospital seeming nervous and afraid. Her aunt also looked disturbed and was filled with emotion as she shared more about Jael with us. Jael's mother passed when she was one year and six months old and her sister was six months old. The father took the responsibility of looking after them but every time they would visit their aunt they looked distressed. In 2019, Jael's aunt was going to her business when she heard somebody calling from behind. On looking back it was Jael and her sister with bags. Their dad had sent them away and was frustrate that they have never been able to have a clear conversation. Jael is currently in school but her aunt shared that this has been a struggle for her due to her hearing condition. Jael's aunt noted her hearing challenges during a visit when she was 5 years old. Jael's performance at school has since deteriorated. Early this year her aunt took her to Eldoret referral hospital where upon examination she was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center AIC Kijabe Hospital to received treatment for hearing loss. Jael's aunt is a farmer and also sells her farm produced directly to others in the evenings. She is married and blessed with three children. They are in need of support to fund this care and help Jael hear. "We would be very happy if she can hear clear like other children,’ shared Jael's aunt.
Musiimenta is a 46-year-old farmer from Uganda. She was married with six children, three girls and three boys, however her has husband left their family. Since she has been unwell and with no energy due to her health condition, she has not been able to cultivate enough to provide school fees and all her children are now out of school and helping with cultivation. Since three years ago, Musiimenta has been experiencing pain and bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and a left tubal ovarian mass. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Musiimenta's surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Musiimenta will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Musiimenta shared: “I would really wish my surgery is supported by the program because I can’t afford it on my own. It’s my hope of having a new life so that I can regain my health and resume with cultivation to support my family. Maybe I can even send my children back to school when I have fully recovered.”
Kyomugisha is a school nurse from Uganda. She is a widowed mother of two children and lost her husband ten years ago. Both children are still in school at the secondary level. Ever since she lost her husband she feels she has been the mother and father to her children. With her limited salary, she has been able to pay for their school fees, provide them with basic needs and pay rent. Since four years ago, Kyomugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and persistent headaches. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kyomugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Kyomugisha says: “I pray that my surgery goes well. I hope my condition will improve and I can continue hustling with life because my children still need my support.”
Tukamushaba is a 21 year old student pursuing a certificate in nursery teaching. She has six siblings; some drive motorcycle taxis, others practice small-scale farming or do vehicle repairs, and one still in school. Her parents practice small-scale farming to earn a living and cannot afford this cost for the surgery of their daughter thus their family is seeking support. Tukamushaba came to the hospital with lower abdominal pain, which she has had for five years along with associated left iliac fossa pain and other symptoms. This affects her standards of living as she has discomfort and thinks she could have been cursed, which our medical partner assured her is not true and only a myth. If not treated she may have the mass rupturing leading to threatening emergency. Tukamushaba had previously never been taken to the hospital for treatment for her condition as the parents could not make it to pay the bills. But having been notified about a surgery program at Nyakibale, she came and was diagnosed with a very large left tubovarian mass. Doctors recommend she undergo a cystectomy treatment as guided by the abdominal ultrasound scan. We expect to greatly improve her wellbeing for good health and quality life. Tukamushaba told us: “I surely cannot wait to be relieved of this condition as it has really discomforted me with pain. I look forward that after the coronavirus lockdown and surgery, then I may go back to school to finalize my course.”
Prince is a kindergarten student from Kenya. He is a six-year-old boy who likes to play and sometimes tend to his grandfather's cattle. He is an only child and his mother used to work as a waiter in a local hotel while the father is a mason. Ryan's mother noticed an unusual bending of his left foot when he was two. Because of his condition, he is not able to walk. Surgery to realign his bones will help him walk and improve his self-esteem. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 20th. The family is not able to raise the estimated bill for the surgery and is asking for your help to fund this $1,286 surgery. After treatment, Prince's ability to walk will be much improved. “We are pleading for any kind of help to ensure my son undergoes surgery and is able to resume his normal life. We would greatly appreciate your support," shared Prince's mother.