Munsifali Rashid
Munsifali's Story

Munsifali joined Watsi on July 5th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Munsifali's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Hardwel, a farmer from Malawi, to fund a dental extraction.

Impact

Munsifali has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Munsifali

Six-month-old Cristhofer is the youngest of two children. He lives with his family in a one-room cinderblock house in Guatemala. His mother is raising him alone, and works cooking, cleaning, and taking care of him and his siblings, as well as washing neighbors’ clothes to earn a little money. Although his mom wants the best for him, she does not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to be able to overcome malnutrition. When he was born, Cristhofer had to spend the first weeks of his life hospitalized for pneumonia. Since then, he has not been able to catch up to a normal weight. His mother says that he is almost always sick and never has an appetite—that is because he hasn’t had a healthy diet filled with protein, calories, and nutrients. If he does not receive treatment, Cristhofer could face the consequences of malnutrition for the rest of his life—he could have a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. All these consequences make it less likely he will have a well-paying job as an adult, meaning the cycle of poverty and malnutrition would continue if he decides to have kids. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Cristhofer recover from malnutrition. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to gain motor skills and learn new words instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. His mother will receive the support she need to feel empowered to give Cristhofer the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Cristhofer the chance to live a healthy and productive life and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

$512raised
Fully funded

10-month-old Bayron lives with his older brother and his parents in a rented one-room house made of tin in Guatemala. Bayron loves to play ball with his older siblings. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting corn, beans, and squash for a neighbor’s plantation. His mother works at home, taking care of her Bayron and his siblings, cooking, and cleaning. Although both his parents work hard, they cannot afford to give him even one piece of fruit, egg, or vegetable per day. Bayron has not been growing well, has little appetite, and is getting sick often. This is because he has a poor diet, which is lacking in protein, calories, and nutrients. His immune system is weak, and he has been getting sick frequently--in the past two weeks alone he has had a cough, and a fever, conditions that are dangerous for a child suffering from acute malnutrition. In left untreated, malnutrition could have a devastating effect on his mental development and result in a greater risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Bayron recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. His parents will receive support to give Bayron the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with their limited resources. Intervention now will prevent the future consequences of malnutrition. Treatment will give Bayron the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place. Bayron's parents share, "We hope that he can study so he can have a good future."

$512raised
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Meet Samnang, an eight-year-old boy living in Cambodia. Samnang loves to play, whether it’s by himself, with toys, or with companions. He has one younger sister. For over seven years now—almost his entire life—both of Samnang’s ears have had chronic inflammation, a condition known as otitis media. This causes his ears to leak discharge frequently, and has also created small holes in both of his eardrums. As a result, Samnang has lost much of his hearing, and has trouble speaking. Samnang experiences discomfort in his ears on a daily basis. And his disease could have longer-term repercussions for him, as well, if he is not treated. Because Samnang's hearing and speaking abilities are so delayed, he is not able to attend school—a difficult setback, if it remains permanent. For $598, we can sponsor the operations Samnang needs: a myringoplasty in each ear. During this procedure, doctors will close the holes in Samnang’s ear drums using skin grafts from elsewhere on his body. He will receive the operation in his left ear in June, and will then receive the operation in his right ear about six weeks later. His funding will also cover the two-day hospital stay that Samnang will need to recover from each surgery. After the operation, the discharge and pain that Samnang has been experiencing will stop. Over time, his hearing will improve. Samnang will also be given access to speech therapy at CSC free of charge. Let’s put Samnang back on track to communicate more easily with those around him, and to return to school.

$598raised
Fully funded