josephstorm joined Watsi on August 14th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! josephstorm's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Pamela, a loving mother and hardworking farmer from Kenya, so she can deliver her baby safely.
josephstorm has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
josephstorm has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Pamela is a hardworking 29-year-old woman from Kenya who supports her five school-aged children. “Pamela is married to a tailor who also farms to provide for the family,” shares our medical partner, Lwala Community Alliance. In her spare time, “Pamela enjoys listening to gospel music.” Pamela is pregnant with her sixth child and is having a difficult pregnancy. “Pamela's lower limbs are sometimes so painful that she cannot walk, hence she has to spend most of her time in bed. She also feels lower abdominal pain,” says her doctors. Watsi donors can help Pamela receive prenatal care and a safe delivery in a healthcare facility for $290. After the delivery, Lwala says, “Pamela will join her husband in the farm and also hopes to start a small business so that she can help her husband to provide for the family.”
Meet Alesandro! He is a one-year-old boy living in Guatemala with his family. “Alesandro is a classic case of stunting, or chronic malnutrition," our medical partner in Guatemala shares. "If we don't intervene, this chronic lack of a high quality diet will have a permanent impact on his brain and cognitive function." “This is a tough social situation,” Alesandro's doctors write. “Alesandro’s mom is raising five young children all by herself. She's had to move back in with her own mom, and the two of them are trying to keep the family together. All that she can afford to give Alesandro to eat is a thin porridge several times a day.” They continue, “Alesandro's mom has heard great things about what we are able to do in our nutritional rehabilitation program. She wants her child 'to be normal and grow well, to have a future.'" For $535 we can help Alesandro grow up healthy. Let's give Alesandro access to the nutrition he needs!
"Emmaculate believes and hopes that her life and that of their children will one day will be better," writes Lwala Community Alliance about this 22-year-old mother of two from Kenya. "She hopes to achieve this by starting a small business after her safe delivery." Emmaculate is expecting a child and hoping to receive a medically attended delivery to reduce the risk of fatal complications at home. "Emmaculate became a widow after her husband died in August, 2014 from a long term illness that depleted almost all that they had," the Lwala team continues. "Emmaculate's neighbor describes her as a hardworking and a happy mother who has always ensured she is in good relationship with her neighbors. She is a member of a women’s group in their village where she tells us that they share their life experiences and economic development ideas." A safe delivery in a health facility. Prenatal care. Postnatal care. That's what $290 will provide Emmaculate as she prepares for the birth of her newborn baby. Let's make sure that this caring mother and her newborn-to-be are in good hands from the very beginning.
Meet Sainder! Sainder is a one-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two siblings out in the countryside. Sainder’s parents work in the fields to grow food for their family and are just able to provide for their children’s basic needs. Sainder was born with a cleft lip, which needs treatment so he can eat normally. The first hospital Sainder’s parents took him to were unable to help, but luckily our medical partner, Project Medishare can. Doctors from Project Medishare write, “Sainder is unable to eat and drink well, and he feels uncomfortable due to his lip deformation. Treatment will bring joy to his family’s life because he will be able to eat and drink easily.” “I am very excited to see how my son will look after surgery!” exclaims Sainder’s mother. For $960, Sainder will receive surgery for his cleft lip, which will improve his appearance, as well as allow him to eat, drink, and breathe without difficulty. Let’s give Sainder the opportunity to have a happy, healthy childhood!
This is Ingrid, a 31-year-old mother of two living in Guatemala. She is a hardworking indigenous Mayan from a coastal community. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, writes, “Ingrid makes ends meet for her family by picking coffee during the harvesting season and otherwise sells small amounts of tropical fruits in the market. Nevertheless, times are really hard, and money is scarce.” “Ingrid has a precancerous spot on her cervix," WK continues. "It was picked up during her participation in our cervical cancer screening program. If removed, she will be totally cured. However, if the lesion is left, it could grow and turn into cervical cancer.” $210 will fund a colposcopy to remove the lesion, thereby preventing the growth of cancer. Ingrid says, “I'm so glad that we caught this early and that it is still curable." Let’s help Ingrid live a full and happy life, cancer-free.
Meet Soek, a 67-year-old field worker from Cambodia. Soek is the mother of one and the grandmother of four. She loves coming out of the field and sitting next to a radio, listening to the news an old Khmer songs. About a month ago, Soek fell down some stairs and fractured her left hip. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, shares that Soek's injury "makes it extremely difficult for her to walk and sit down. Now Soek must lie down to rest and cannot hear the radio from her bed." Because Soek cannot afford a proper hip replacement, "she and her sister made an arduous three hour journey from their province seeking care." For $430 we can fund Soek’s hip replacement surgery. The procedure will allow Soek to walk and sit without pain. Let's help Soek get out of bed and back to listening to the radio she loves!
“When Um's eyesight was better she liked watching the news on TV,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Meet 74-year-old Um! Um lives with her family in Cambodia and enjoys taking care of her nine grandchildren. “Um began losing her eyesight three years ago,” explains CSC. Um has a hypermature cataract in her left eye, a condition that blurs her vision and has made it impossible for her to work on her rice farm with her children. After traveling for six hours on poor roads with her daughter to reach our medical partner, Um remains hopeful that her eyesight will improve with cataract surgery. Let’s help Um restore her vision and prevent future blindness by raising $150! Together we can ensure that Um receives the care she needs.
Meet 25-year-old Maureen, an expecting mother from Kenya. "Maureen is a jovial mother of three children, two girls and one boy," Lwala Community Alliance tells us. "She is married to a farmer who plants sugarcane in small scale that they sometimes sell to the locals who do the sugarcane milling to pay their children's school fees and also to buy food for their family." As she prepares to welcome her fourth child, Maureen is concerned about having a safe delivery. Many women in her community die or lose their babies during childbirth. But with $290, the Lwala team will be able to provide critical pre and post natal care for Maureen, as well as a delivery attended by medical professionals to ensure everything goes smoothly. Let's help them do what they do best and give Maureen a safe delivery!
"Baraka is a very talkative little boy," writes our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "He is in kindergarten and likes to draw and color some pictures. He also likes to run around with other children as well as playing with cars." Six-year-old Baraka lives with his parents and two older siblings in Tanzania. His parents work in a restaurant in their hometown to support their family. Baraka's father is a chef at the restaurant while his mother works as a restaurant attendant. Baraka has clubfoot in both of his feet, which means they are turned inwards on each other. This affects the way that he walks and keeps him from being active or even walking long distances without experiencing pain. The AMHF team has recommended corrective surgery to make it possible for Baraka to be active. The procedure costs $1160, an expense which is out of his family's reach. “Baraka is so charming and full of life," says Baraka's mother. "We hope to see him able to walk properly and perform various activities without constraints on his feet." Watsi donors - let's help this vibrant young boy experience the pleasure of an active childhood.
"Eladio has a very large lipoma on his back that has been growing for many years," Wuqu' Kawoq (WK) tells us about this 50-year-old, K'iche'-speaking gentleman from Guatemala. "This causes a lot of pain and interferes with his abilty to work in his fields. He's spent a lot of money and time over the years trying to get a surgery, but he's never been successful." Eladio earns a living for his family (including a few small ones) through agricultural work - he grows corn and beans and other vegetables for local markets. Eladio tells us that the WK team that right now his goal is "just to be without pain and to be able to take care of my family." "He's excited to have connected with our team, and hopeful that we will be able to help him," WK writes. $360 will cover the cost of removing the lipoma and help Eladio get back to work pain-free. WK is ready to do their part to help Eladio get back in shape. Let's make their efforts worthwhile.
Meet Thay, a 73-year-old grandfather from Cambodia! Thay has eight grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Several months ago, Thay’s vision began to blur due to mature cataracts in both of his eyes. Since experiencing vision impairment, Thay has had to depend on help from his family. According to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, “Thay has difficulty walking and moving around on his own.” The team adds, “He needs his daughter to help care for him which means she has less time to work and care for the rest of the family.” Thay's treatment will improve his eyesight and prevent blindness. Thay is excited to regain his vision, explaining, “I hope the surgery is a success so I can help my daughter in [making] noodle soup.” For $150, we can fund Thay’s cataract surgery and prevent further vision loss! Let’s help Thay gain access to the medical care he needs to improve his vision so that he may return to the kitchen with his daughter soon!