Kaye joined Watsi on September 5th, 2013. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kaye's most recent donation supported Angella, a nun from Uganda, to fund gynecological surgery.
Kaye has funded healthcare for 250 patients in 14 countries.
Angella is a 36-year-old nun from Uganda. She is a shop keeper in one of the congregation shops near Rushoroza Cathedral and but she does not receive a salary because she is a nun of Our Lady of Fatima residing at Rushoroza Parish. Angella likes very much playing and joking with her fellow sisters. She comes from a family that cannot fund her surgery. For the last six years, Angella has been experiencing of lower abdominal pains associated with menorrhagia. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Angella's surgery. On September 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Angella will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Sr Tumuhereze says, “My condition has generally affected my duties and life as a nun. At work, I can no longer bend down due to pain. After treatment, I will be able to satisfactorily serve our customers which could, in turn, develop our business rapidly as a congregation.”
Jane works as a house help in western Kenya and has struggled with her hearing for the past 5 years. The hearing loss started when she had Quinine medication administered. The gradual hearing loss has affected her social lifestyle and most of the time she misses out on conversations. Jane has not been to any hospital previously. She was referred to our facility where an audiometry test was done and hearing loss diagnosis made. Her small income of $30 per month is all she earns to care for her late sister’s children. Jane requires $929 for the hearing aids. She appeals for financial assistance. Jane says, “My hope is to be able to socially converse with people without having to ask them to repeat what they said."
Kapere is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Kapere is married with two children and all are in school studying. The firstborn is in secondary and the lastborn is in primary school. Both he and his wife practice small scale farming. Four years ago, Kapere developed an inguinal scrotal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and if not treated, he will be at risk of intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on August 18, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Kapere's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kapere says, “I hope that when I am relieved from this condition, I will be able to start working hard through farming so that my family can survive better.”
Khin is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and his friend in Mae Pa Village in the north of the country. Khin and his wife moved from Burma searching for better job opportunities. His wife works in a factory as a seamstress. Khin used to work as a day laborer but since his accident he has not been able to work. His friend works as an agricultural day laborer but he does not share his income with Khin and his wife. In his free time, Khin loved to play caneball with his friends and listen to music. Khin currently has a colostomy and shared that he does not like having one. He feels embarrassed and he avoids his friends. He worries what his friends will think so he always stays at home since he received the colostomy. Aside from his symptoms, he feels sad that he cannot work and that he has to depend on his wife’s income. Furthermore, because of the COVID-19, the factory his wife works at has reduced their hours of operation. Khin underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon was brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for reversal. In Khin's case, his colostomy requires reversal in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a reverse colostomy for Khin. The surgery is scheduled to take place on August 10th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Khin said, “I feel sad that I cannot work and have to depend on my wife’s income. When I was admitted at the hospital my wife had to accompany me which also reduced the salary she received.”
Mugisha is a 36-year-old preacher from Uganda. He is married with two children, both in preschool. He and his wife practice small-scale farming. Mugisha presented at the hospital with a left submandibular mass that he has had for five years. It’s progressively increasing in size and has resulted in disfigurement around his neck region which sometimes affects his breathing, swallowing, and speaking. This has also affected his vocation as a preacher in a Pentecostal church. Mugisha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 11th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mugisha needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Mugisha says: “I will be very glad when I am relieved of this and I look like any other person. I will be able to continue with my preaching and farming after my recovery.”
Amumpaire is a 4-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest of two children to her parents. She has started school and Amumpaire prefers playing to anything else. Her father is a mechanic and repairs vehicles to earn a living. Her mother practices small-scale farming to provide food to the family. Amumpaire was brought by her mother with anterior and progressive swelling on her neck since birth. This has disfigured her neck and it is protruding which causes discomfort. Amumpaire traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Amumpaire needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Amumpaire's mom says, “I can't wait to see my child without this condition on her neck. I will surely be happy and can continue with farming as I care for 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.
Meet Sharon, a 5-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of four children. Sharon was brought to Medical Partner's clinic by her grandmother. Her mother has stayed at home and according to Sharon’s grandmother, she is mentally impaired. Both Sharon's mother and grandmother do not work and only depend on farm products and well-wishers. Their family hails from Makengi village in Embu county. Sharon has a burn scar deformity that she sustained at home when paraffin poured on her and unfortunately, she caught fire, severely burning her feet. She healed with contractures on her hands and feet as well. She currently cannot walk or hold things on her hand and she is in great pain at the moment. Surgery will be of great impact to her as she will be able to stand, walk, and hold things. Her family is not able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and thus requested for support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Sharon receive treatment. On May 20th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to better allow her to use her hands easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “We cannot be able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and if there are any means that you can support us, we will be grateful.” Sharon’s grandmother told us.
Alex is a four-year-old playful boy. He has struggled with his hearing since birth. However, the condition became known when he has 9 months old. His parents took him to different hospitals seeking care. He had several tests run over the period. In 2020, his parents were advised to seek care at Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where Alex had hearing aids recommended. He only perceives loud noises or barely speaks. Alex’s parents are peasants from Nyeri county. His father works as a miner in a stone quarry near their home while his mother is a housewife. Their daily income is about $4 which is too low to meet the cost required. Alex has one sibling and together, they live with their parents in a two-roomed rental house. His father appeals for financial assistance. Alex’s father says, “Our hope is to see Alex being able to talk and lead a normal life.”
Mbegesi is nine-year-old student from Tanzania and the second born in a family if three children. His parents are small-scale farmers with very limited income. Mbegesi has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Mbegesi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Mbegesi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Mbegesi’s father says, “His age mates are ahead in school. I would love to see him be able to walk like other normal children and be able to study with ease."
Lemayan is an active little boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born to his mother, who is the eldest wife to her husband and has five children. Lemayan's father has two wives and a total of six children. Both wives live together in the same homestead, but each one has their own mud house. They live in harmony, mainly keeping livestock - cows, goats and sheep. Three of the children are currently going to school. Lemayan was diagnosed with genu varus, meaning his legs are curved 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 has a difficult time walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Lemayan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lemayan's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Lemayan’s father says, “I wish my son to get treatment and later on join school."
Ekyariyenda is a tailor from Uganda. She is a single mother to three children, all still studying. Each of her children has a different father but none of them are supportive, so she raises them on her own. They are all still studying with the first one in senior four and the others still in primary schools. Ekyarikunda earns a living as a tailor making sweaters. Since three years ago, Ekyariyenda has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and abnormal discharge. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Ekyariyenda's surgery. On February 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Ekyariyenda will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Ekyarikunda says, “I hope all will be well after my surgery.”