Sophat joined Watsi on January 6th, 2015. 33 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sophat's most recent donation supported Tiffany, a child from Philippines, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Sophat has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Tiffany is a three-year-old girl living in the Philippines with her parents and three siblings. Her family lives in a small house made of palm leaves in a coastal region of the country. Tiffany's father is a farmer. Tiffany loves playing with her doll. Tiffany is underweight for her age, and she has been diagnosed with moderately 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. 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. The total cost of the support and resources Tiffany needs is $184, and her family needs help. Following her treatment, Tiffany's nutrition will improve, and her risk of complications and fatality will significantly decrease.Tiffany's family hopes that she will become strong and healthy, and they pray that she will finish her schooling someday.
Yar Blu, a 16-month-old girl, lives in a refugee settlement with her parents and eight older siblings. The family has resided in the camp for ten years. The father works as a medic at the clinic in the camp and the mother previously taught in the camp until the birth of Yar Blu. The father’s income is not sufficient to meet the basic financial demands of such a large family. Yar Blu was born in a hospital, rather than the camp clinic, because her mother had a medical condition called eclampsia that dictated the delivery should be done in a fully equipped hospital. At the time of birth, her mother and physician noted the presence of a small mass on the bridge of her nose. Fluid was also leaking from the mass. However, Yar Blu received no care as they were unable to afford it. At the present time, Yar Blu is not displaying symptoms, other than the increasing size of the mass. She is very active and alert; however, the risk of cognitive impairment increases over time. The mother has no predetermined ambitions for her child; she said that Yar Blu could do whatever she wishes when she grows up. Successful surgery will give Yar Blu the chance in life that she deserves.
Meet Seng, a 71-year-old mother of eight and grandmother of 10 from Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, tells us, “Seng's vision has been blurred for the past seven years because of the mature cataracts in her eyes. She has a hard time looking after and cooking for her family, and work on the rice farm is difficult." Seng also misses being able to watch her favorite Thai and Indian shows on TV. For $150, Seng can have cataract surgery on her right eye which will prevent blindness and make her eligible for a possible second surgery on her left eye. Lets help Seng see clearly again!