Jennifer joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. 201 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jennifer's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Rosaline, a young mom from Kenya, to fund burn treatment following a cooking accident.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Rosaline is a 23-year-old manual laborer from Kenya. When she was only 15 years old, young Rosaline was married and conceived her 1st born. A year later, she left her matrimonial home following constant quarrels and domestic violence from her then-husband. She went back to her ancestral home to live with her elderly mother. She currently has three children ages: 7, 4, and 2 years old. She was not able to complete a formal education. Rosaline lives in a one-room traditional house with her children. She depends on a small income she gets from fetching water for people in her village. On a good day, she makes $2, which she uses to feed her kids and take care of her basic needs. On days when there are no jobs, she relies on her siblings for food. Rosaline is the last born in a family of five. Her siblings do fishing in the nearby lake Baringo and don’t have a stable source of income either. In April 2020, Rosaline's traditional lessos and dress caught fire while cooking in her small makeshift kitchen. She shared that the space around the cooking area is small and can barely accommodate 2 people. As she was turning to pick up salt, her loose lessos and dress caught fire causing severe burns on more than 20% of her body. She now has difficulty sitting and is in pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Rosaline receive treatment. On September 22nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to this treatment will help her heal properly and she will no longer be in pain. Now, Rosaline needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Rosaline shared with us, “I have gone through a lot. Early marriage and break up, teen pregnancy, and now this accident. I have 3 children to feed and raise. I even had to discontinue my little baby from breastfeeding after I sustained the burns. I am in constant pain and at risk of getting infections. I am hopeful I will get to undergo this surgery so that I can take care of my young family.”
Sifa is a baby from Tanzania. Sifa is a three months old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of four children. Sifa's parents come from the central part of Tanzania where most people depend on farming for their living. His parents own a small piece of land from which they are able to grow maize and sunflowers. Their income is not much and barely enough to support their family. Sifa was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Sifa is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Sifa's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24th. This procedure will hopefully spare Sifa from the risks associated with his condition, allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Sifa’s mother says, “Please help my son."
Michael is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is the second born in a family of three kids. Michael does odd jobs to earn a living. Three months ago, Michael slipped and fell, sustaining a closed fracture of the radius bone. He was taken to a nearby clinic, and a Plaster of Paris was applied. He visited our medical partner's care center, and an x-ray showed that his bones have not united correctly. Michael is in pain and cannot use his right hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 6, Michael will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will enable Michael use his hand again and eventually resume his odd jobs. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “My mum is the only one I have and she is not able to help, I hope to get help and have my hand working again,” says Michael.
Odeta is a 31-year-old farmer and mother from Uganda who is expecting her fifth child. Odeta is a small scale farmer, growing food for her family such as beans, pumpkins, cabbage, millet, and maize. Doctors consider Odeta’s pregnancy to be "high-risk" because her last child was delivered by C-section. This increases the likelihood that she will need to deliver this baby by C-section, as well. Doctors recommend that Odeta receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On July 4, she will begin to receive pre-natal supplements and attend pre-natal checkups and health education classes. She will also be closely monitored during and after her delivery to ensure both she and baby are healthy. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Odeta's ongoing care. “I thank the donors for their support. It is a great blessing. If I could, I would give them some small gift,” Odeta says.
Kabera is a 58-year-old married father of five from Uganda. Kabera developed a swelling in his groin about two years ago. Over time, the swelling began to grow and become painful. He visited a nearby clinic and was given painkillers, but after they didn't improve his condition, he sought treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Kabera's swelling was diagnosed as a hernia, and he was recommended to undergo surgery to alleviate his pain. If not treated, Kabera may suffer intestinal tissue damage. He is now scheduled to have hernia repair surgery on June 21, and is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “After surgery I will continue with farming, it’s my only source of income," Kabera says.
Faith is a green grocer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of three children. Her husband is a driver and their combined income is barely able to pay their rent and sustain the family. Faith has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Faith. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 6. After treatment, Faith will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Faith says, “It’s my hope that someday I will be cancer free. My children are young and need me."
This is Khin San, a 42-year-old woman living in Burma. A few months ago, Khin San had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. She now has an incisional hernia, caused by an unhealed wound from a previous surgery. It causes sharp, stabbing pain, and she needs surgery to remove it. Khin San’s husband works as a day laborer, earning about $130 a month. The work is inconsistent, and he has had to take time off to care for Khin San since she has been in and out of the hospital. The local church has done a great deal to support the family with bills and medical expenses, and they are very connected to their faith. They say they are now relying on prayer to help them through this difficult time. The surgery Khin San needs costs $1,000. Once she undergoes treatment, doctors expect that she will return to life as normal, in good health. Let’s help Khin San get healthy!
Bartolina is a 38-year-old Mayan woman living in Guatemala. She went to the doctor because of severe pain and swelling in her chest and arm, and it turns out she has a large cyst inside her breast. Bartolina is unable to work because of the pain the cyst is causing, and needs medical attention immediately. She cannot afford follow-up care to remove the cyst and determine whether or not it's cancerous. We need to raise $1050 to remove Bartolina's cyst and relieve her pain. The cost of Bartolina's treatment includes transportation to and from the health facility, all necessary medications, and follow-up radiology and pathology tests.