Linda joined Watsi on January 4th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Linda's most recent donation supported Benjamin, a beekeeper from Uganda, to fund surgery to remove a mass on his head.
Linda has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 4 countries.
Linda has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 4 countries.
Benjamin is a beekeeper and a loving father. He has a bachelor’s degree in project management but had difficulty finding a position, so shifted to become a beekeeper. He shared that he lost his first two children at birth, so now his eldest child is 13 years old and does well in school, while his youngest is two years old. He owns a small house to shelter his family. In 2016, Benjamin had an accident that left him with severe injuries including a swelling on his head. The swell is itchy, painful, and irritating. He went to our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital and was diagnosed with a hypertrophic scar. He needs an excision but can not raise the funds he needs. Benjamin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Benjamin needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Benjamin says, “My condition is worrying and I can no longer do my day to day duties comfortably. I hope to live a normal life again through surgery. I hope to continue with beekeeping to be able to earn a living for my family.”
Batabara is a small scale farmer and a mother of three. Her children are grown now--they are all married and help to support her in small ways, though her primary income still comes from her small scale farming. Batabara lost her husband in 1998. Over the years, she has worked hard to put up a two-roomed semi-permanent house for herself. About six years ago, she started feeling lower abdominal pain. Over this period, she has been to several hospitals trying to seek help. Unfortunately, all the medication she has been receiving have not been working to help her heal. She was reviewed at Rushoroza hospital and diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). Successful surgery will reduce the chances of the inflammation becoming malignant and will allow her to continue working. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Batabara's surgery. On April 10th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Batabara will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Batabara says, “I would comfortably resume farming to be able to take care of myself once given treatment.”
Abenitwe is a 14-year-old student from Uganda. He is currently in primary seven at school, and his three siblings are also studying in school. His mother is a small scale farmer, while his father is studying laboratory assisting and reporting. For the last year, Abenitwe has had a protruding polyp in a sensitive area that has been increasing in size. He experiences pain when passing stool and often experiences bleeding and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Abenitwe receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a mass excision procedure on January 12th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $196 and will significantly improve his quality of life. Now, Abenitwe and his family need help raising money. Abenitwe shared, "I'm looking forward to going back to school after I've recovered and the schools are reopened."
MbangirwaKibuka is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with five children. For 18 years, MbangirwaKibuka has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue death or damage. Fortunately, on July 16, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund MbangirwaKibuka's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kibuka says, “I think my health will be restored because it has been longstanding and even I had lost hope but God does his way and now am looking forward to receiving support from SAFE and I continue with farming.”
Meet Buryahika, a 52-year-old subsistence farmer and mother from Uganda. Buryahika shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), that she began experiencing pain in a sensitive area about 16 years ago. Buryahika became increasingly worried this year when she started bleeding and immediately sought medical attention. Buryahika has been diagnosed with uterine prolapse (a condition in which the uterus dislodges from its normal position) and requires surgery to treat it. AMHF has scheduled Buryahika in for surgery on November 16. As Buryahika's condition has prevented her from working, she relies on her children to support her. She needs our help to raise $287 for her surgery. "After my surgery, I hope I will stop worrying and be able to go back to work," says Buryahika.
“Three-year-old Telvin was born with his urethral opening placed abnormally on the ventral side of his penis,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “Telvin may experience impotence and social stigma if not treated. Passing urine for him is a challenge and he will not be able to pass urine in a standing position in the future if not treated.” Treatment for Telvin’s condition, called hypospadias, is too expensive for his parents to afford. His parents are married and live with their son in central Kenya. “Telvin’s father works as a casual cleaner in a local dispensary and his mother works in a kitchenware shop,” AMHF continues. “They took two years to try to raise funds. Despite all that they did, they were unable to raise the funds needed.” Telvin’s hypospadias repair costs $655 and will allow him to pass urine normally. “Being our only child, we want what is best for Telvin,” his mother shares. “We had been trying to get a child for a while and he came as a great blessing. We want Telvin to grow up knowing that his parents love him.”
“I had planned on attending nursing school this year, before the accident happened. I hope to still fulfill my dream and become a nurse one day,” says Jane. Say hello to Jane, a 21-year-old woman from Kenya with a right tibia fracture. "Earlier this year, Jane was in an accident that left her unable to walk without support. Since then, she has already undergone four surgeries but is now in need of a bone transport," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us. Jane is the ninth child in a family of ten. Although none of her older siblings are employed, they have seen each other through school and always ensured that they had their basic needs met. While her siblings have worked hard to meet the costs so far, they are no longer able to raise enough money for their sister’s next treatment. $1,500 can help alleviate this family's financial strain and pay for Jane's procedure. Without our help, Jane’s leg could get severely infected and may even need to be amputated. Watsi donors, let’s make sure she gets the treatment she needs!
Maudeline is a 36-year-old woman living in Haiti. She lives with her sister and enjoys attending church. Before her breast cancer diagnosis, Maudeline sold cold drinks and loved running her small business. She has not been working due to her illness but looks forward to getting a job following treatment. Several months ago, Maudeline noticed a small bump on her breast. When it continued to grow, she sought medical attention and completed a mammogram and biopsy. Both confirmed a breast cancer diagnosis. Maudeline tells us the experience has been emotionally difficult for her. She has been crying, suffers from insomnia, and does not have much of an appetite. Maudeline cannot afford her treatments and will die without them. Let's work together to raise $1500 for surgery and chemotherapy. With our help, both procedures will remove cancerous cells in Maudeline's body, reduce her pain, and help her live a longer, healthier life.
Simeon is a friendly and bright 24-year-old from Nigeria. He is currently in school, studying to be an accountant. Simeon has many talents; he loves to read, sing, and play basketball. The only thing getting in the way of these things is an abnormal growth on his right arm. The growth causes Simeon a lot of pain and immobility, but he can't afford surgery to remove it. Simeon is looking forward to completing his education and getting a good job so he can help support his five siblings. Already struggling to put himself through school, the $1500 required for treatment is well beyond his means. Let's work together to help Simeon get treatment and move forward with his education!