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Flax Family


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Flax's Story

Flax joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. One year ago, Flax became the 2252nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 966 more people have become monthly donors! Flax's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Billman, a baby boy from Tanzania, to fund treatment of clubfoot.


Flax has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 11 countries.

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Kian is an eight-month-old baby boy from the Philippines. He lives with his family in a small house made of bamboo. They have no access to electricity, and they get their water supply from a well. Kian's father works as a fisherman, but he does not have a permanent income. Kian loves to roll on his bed and listen to nursery rhymes with his mother. Kian has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Fortunately, on February 23, Kian will begin $184 malnutrition treatment. Kian will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately 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. 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. Kian's mother says, "I hope my child can recover from malnutrition and become healthy and strong in the future. I am excited for the treatment and its outcome"

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Lydia is a 41-year-old mother of 6 children from Uganda. Lydia is a subsistence farmer growing sim-sim, beans, maize, groundnuts, cassava, millet, and soya beans for food. Her husband Lamek owns sheep, goats, and a few heads of cattle. They milk the cattle and are able to pay school fees for their children. Lydia has been troubled by uterine prolapse for the last four years which has affected her daily activities from which she gets food to support the family. During her free time Lydia enjoys listening to her radio from which she gets information and hope, through programs about religion, health programs on feeding her family well, especially children, and programs on how to develop the family’s economy. She also likes participating with other women in local loans groups from which she borrows money to support and also gets guidance from fellow women on how to manage quarrels in the family. She also goes to markets where she sells some millet flour, sim-sim, beans and peas for income. Furthermore, during her free time she enjoys grazing and serving water to cattle, goats and sheep. After her surgery, Lydia hopes she will be strong again and looks forward to continuing with farming and expanding her business through buying more goats. Lydia's treatment occurred on 10/28/2016. Lydia says, "I am so grateful for the donors' support for my treatment. I pray that God blesses you and you support more women who have not gotten a chance to have their functionality restored." She adds, “I will also support the needy in my community."

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