Noelle Phares
Noelle's Story

Noelle joined Watsi on July 29th, 2014. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Noelle's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Cedrick, a child from Philippines, to fund malnutrition treatment.


Noelle has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 12 countries.

Patients funded by Noelle

Cedrick is a four-year-old boy living in the Philippines with his parents and four siblings. Cedrick loves to sing and dance with other children from his school, and his favorite sport is basketball. Cedrick's father is a rickshaw driver. His family lives in a small a house made of bamboo, and they share a water well with their neighbors. Cedrick has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. Fortunately, Cedrick began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 19, 2016. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. Now, Cedrick's family needs help to fund this treatment. "I hope that Cedrick will recover from malnutrition, and that he'll become energetic," shares Cedrick's mother. "I also pray that my son will grow up healthy and strong."

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Ana lives in Guatemala with her husband and two children, who are 12 and seven. They live in a one-room adobe house, and she is 16-19 weeks pregnant. She is indigenous Maya Quiche, which means she speaks little Spanish, and going to the hospital where nobody speaks her language can be intimidating. Ana's husband is a bus driver, and she embroideries traditional Mayan blouses with flowers, leaves, and small animals. Although she and her husband are excited to have another child, they are concerned about being able to afford transportation to the hospital from their rural village, medications, and labs she needs. Ana was previously funded for diabetes care in 2014. Due to her diabetes condition and a large fibroid in her uterus, she needs extra prenatal care to ensure the safety of her and her baby. Although she didn't need insulin before getting pregnant, she needs it now. She also needs regular consults with an obstetrician, and a cesarian birth to make sure her or her baby do not suffer any life-threatening complications. For $281, Ana will receive treatment for preeclampsia. She will also receive transportation, interpretation, and advocacy services as she goes to the hospital for her prenatal care. All labs and medications will be provided, and our partner's team will work with her to create a custom birth plan so she can quickly and safely arrive at the hospital to give birth when the time comes. This treatment not only will save her life, but will give her the chance to bring a new life into the world!

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Nancy is a 20-month-old baby girl who lives with her parents in a remote village in Kenya. Nancy’s mother is a housewife, and her father sells khat to sustain the needs of the young family. Nancy was born with a small anal opening. During the first six months of her life, while she was only feeding on breast milk, she did not have trouble passing stool. When she started eating solid foods, she began to have a difficult time passing stool, and her stomach started to swell. Nancy was taken to several hospitals by her parents, and eventually, she had a colostomy done to create an opening on her upper abdomen for passing stool. Her parents were able to pay for the surgery through financial contributions from friends and family, but as time passed, it became more and more expensive for them to cater to their child’s medical expenses. To prevent infections, Nancy's parents must keep the area around the colostomy clean. “This is really hard for us—very hard,” says Nancy’s father. Keeping the area clean has also been expensive, making it more difficult for the family to raise the funds required for the next phase of Nancy's medical care. Now, Nancy needs a pull-through surgery—an anorectoplasty—to create an anal opening through which she can pass stool normally. $1,260 pays for the surgery, and Nancy's parents are contributing $21 to cover additional costs associated with her care. “Please help my daughter get treated, as we have exhausted funds in trying to get her treated," shares Nancy's father. "My prayer is to have her treated. I really understand her condition, and I am desperate to make life easier for her."

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25-year-old Kristine has a happy and outgoing personality. She lives in the Philippines with her mother, and she is loved by her family and fellow church members. She also loves to sing and dance with the other children in their church and community. If the church has an activity, she eagerly offers herself to help with any chores in the activity area. Kristine was born with congenital clubfoot, a condition that impacts her gait. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), explains: "Kristine has difficulty in walking because of her left foot deformity. She also has seizure disorder but it is currently managed with medication. Her mother said that she was frequently teased by her classmates when she was still in elementary school because of the way she walked. Since then, she has not joined school; and everyday, she wishes that she could go back even in her age." Treatment for Kristine will cost $1,211, and consists of a surgery to correct her deformity give her a balanced gait, as well as boost her self esteem. It will also fulfill her wishes to go back to school if time and situation permits. Kristine's family was unable to have Kristine undergo surgery earlier because of lack of finances. At their pre-operative interview with ICM, Kristine's mother shared: "I really hope that my child can get treatment. We want to see her well and live normally, but we could not make it happen. She even stopped schooling to avoid bullies because we don't want to see her have emotional pains. We are praying that there could be someone that could help her."

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Gustavo is a three-year-old boy who lives in Guatemala with his parents and older brother. He enjoys playing soccer with his brother, watching dogs play in his front yard, and crawling after the chickens that roam through his home. “Gustavo has epilepsy and, as a result, has had convulsions regularly since he was barely one-year-old,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, tells us. “He is not on medication and his mother is currently afraid to leave the house with him because she fears he will have a convulsion in public. There is no way that Gustavo’s family can afford the medication, physician visits, and labs he needs to keep his convulsions under control.” “Without intervention, he will continue to have regular seizures which will affects his ability to physically grow and mentally develop,” Wuqu’ Kawoq continues. “It is common to see children with epilepsy not seek an education out of fear of having a seizure in front of their classmates and out of the safety of their parent’s watchful eyes.” $745 will fund medication and regular counseling for Gustavo to treat and manage his convulsions. “He will undergo a lab work-up to rule out any other possible conditions he may have,” says Wuqu’ Kawoq. “Best of all, Gustavo will have access to a more full life. His mother will not have to live in fear of her child having a seizure and, as a result, Gustavo will be freer to play with other kids, eventually attend school, and just be a kid.” “I just want my son to grow well and go to school to become a professional, perhaps a doctor,” shares Gustavo’s mother.

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