Steven Skates

Steven's Story

Steven joined Watsi on March 6th, 2015. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Steven's most recent donation supported Juliet, a girl from Kenya, to fund burn repair surgery.


Steven has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Steven


“I hope my Anderson will grow well and he will get sick hardly ever in the coming years,” says the mother of Anderson, a 21-month-old baby from Guatemala. According to our medical partner Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), “Anderson lives in a small adobe and wood house with his brother and parents. Anderson’s brother loves to play soccer with him and teach him how to kick the ball. Together they organize their toys and help their mom by cleaning up the trash around the house.” Anderson is acutely malnourished. WK says, “He is frequently sick with diarrhea and fevers. Without intervention…he will be stunted both physically and mentally and will be at increased risk of the long-term effects of malnutrition. His mother wants to help in any way she can, but she told our staff that she currently does not feel she has the economic means or the education to do so.” For $512, Anderson can receive treatment for his acute malnourishment. Children enrolled in WK’s recuperative nutrition program receive several months of intensive intervention, which includes an evaluation for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections and weekly monitoring visits to the home by doctors. Anderson will also receive food supplements to reintroduce essential micronutrients into his diet. To prevent the issue from recurring, WK will enroll Anderson’s mother in an intensive nutrition course, teaching her how to provide healthy food within their family’s means. “Although Anderson’s family wants to provide him with all the tools necessary to live a healthy life, they are currently unsure how to do so and lack sufficient resources…The education will give Anderson’s mother the tools they need to continue providing nutrition to their child after treatment is complete,” says WK. “This intervention will prevent Anderson for suffering from the long term effects of malnutrition. He will overcome his fever and will have the support needed to reach his full mental and physical potential, thus giving him the capacity to concentrate well and fulfill his mother’s wish of going far in school.”

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Meet Scholasticah, a mother of five from Kenya. She and her husband are casual laborers at a flower farm. Their children are all in school except the first-born, who began assisting his parents at the flower farm following primary school. After concern surrounding her irregular discharge heightened, Scholasticah received a test and biopsy that showed early signs of cervical cancer. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), “The doctor advised Scholasticah to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH),” but due to her family’s low income, she was forced to postpone the treatment. Fortunately, her doctor referred Scholasticah to Watsi. Scholasticah’s family’s $60 contribution will subsidize the treatment and the remaining $790 to be raised will cover a TAH—a surgical procedure that involves removing the uterus and cervix. The funding also includes labs, medication, post-operative care, and a five-day hospital stay. AMHF reports, “We expect that after surgery, the cancer will be halted. Scholasticah will be free from the risk of cancer spread and possible death. She will be able to work and raise her children.” With the help of Watsi donors, Scholasticah is hopeful for the future: “I was devastated and my husband was worried when I was told I have cancer. I have been reassured that with this surgery, I can be safe. I really hope to get help and for my surgery to be successful so that the cancer spread can be halted.”

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