A has funded healthcare for 1503 patients in 13 countries.
Mugabirwe is a businesswoman from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to two children who have completed their studies, but are still searching for jobs. Her husband passed away in 1993 and she has been the full care provider to her children ever since. She earns a living from her small grocery business but says since the COVID-19 lockdown, all was closed and she has hardly earned any money to the extent that she is even failing to get food. Two years ago, Mugabirwe has been experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Mugabirwe's surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Mugabirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Mugabirwe says: “I wish that my surgery could be supported so that my health is restored so as to live longer to see my daughters grow into old women. I have really worked hard for them to have a bright future and I would really love to see them there.”
Oudam is a 10-year-old student. He is in the third grade at school, and loves to study writing. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. Since his parents separated a few months ago, his mother has been working hard at a factory to support her children. Oudam helps to take care of his sister. They learn and play together. Since he was young, Oudam has suffered from muscle spasms in his legs, causing him to put all of his weight on his toes. This has affected his ability to move his legs normally, and he has difficulty walking, running, riding a bike, or wearing shoes. His mother often has to take him to school on her bike. Luckily, his neighbor told him about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). He traveled nine hours with his mother to receive treatment. Doctors will perform an achilles tendon lengthening procedure. This will allow him to distribute weight across his whole foot, giving him greater balance and ease of walking. After a physiotherapy program, Oudan will be able to walk normally. Oudan's mother shared, "I am happy we have the opportunity for this procedure and I hope that my son will be able to walk and run after he is better."
Paul is a manual worker from Kaugi Village in Kenya. He is married and they have five children. Paul, who is the breadwinner in his family, is a casual driver while his wife takes care of the house and their children. In March, Paul was going home after a long day of work when he was hit by a vehicle that did not stop and left him severly hurt on the road. He was helped by good Samaritans and taken to the hospital. He sustained an open fracture on his left tibia/fibula and had an injury on his bladder. He is still in pain and cannot walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 3rd, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After healing, he will be able to walk again and his pain will be gone. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Paul quietly shared, “I have suffered for the last five months and my family needs my support. I am asking for help.” Paul's Pastor added, “I have done my best to help him. I hope he can get help and be well to continue caring for his family.”
Confidence is a peasant farmer and 40-year-old from western Uganda. For the past 15 years, she has been struggling with a right cheek swell. She complains of persistent pain that worsens when she is chewing or tries to open her mouth wide, especially when singing in church. She heard of a surgical camp organized by Watsi's Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital and came for review by the medical team. She was diagnosed with a right cheek lipoma and surgery is recommended. If not treated, she risks having serious infections and persistent pain. Confidence and her husband tend to their small farm for subsistence farming. They grow maize, millet and beans to sustain their lives. She has 6 children, all in school. Their limited income is not sufficient to cover the costs of her surgery and she appeals for help. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Confidence needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Confidence says, “I can’t wait to get relief from this swelling because I hate it. It has turned me into a laughing stock. After surgery, I hope to continue with cultivation for the support of my family.”
Julia is a widow and practices small-scale farming. Julia's four children are all casual laborers and don’t have stable jobs. She has been using the little income from farm produce to raise her children and pay for her needs. In early February, Julia started complaining of abdominal pains and chronic back pain. A series of CT-scans revealed a malignant mass in her colon. Doctors then advised for an urgent hemicolectomy surgery to treat her colon carcinoma. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, they need your help to fund this $616 surgery. This surgery will hopefully stop the spread of her cancer. Julia shared, “I am now old and weak and my children are unable to pay for the surgery. I need help to fund this procedure so that I can enjoy my old age in peace."
Saroeun is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with two sons, four daughters, and eight grandchildren. Saroeun's husband is also a farmer. She shared with us that she enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV, but this is hard to do as her eyesight has worsened. Three years ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, burning, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her sister-in-law seeking treatment. On September 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Saroeun said, "I hope after surgery I can continue my work at the farm and can cook more at home."
Gift is a young child from Kenya--a playful and lively boy. His mother told us that he likes reading and playing with other kids. Gift is the last born in his family that hails from Mathare neighborhood in Nairobi County. His mother does casual jobs of washing clothes and cleaning. His father passed on two years ago after an accident. The family lives in a one-roomed ironsheet house in Mathare. Gift has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Gift traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Gift's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. “I am appealing to people of goodwill to help my son undergo surgery so that he can be able to walk like other children. God bless you," his mother told us.
He is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren. His children all work alongside him or as local construction workers. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio while he works. A year ago, He developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When He learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours from Kompongcham province seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. He said, "I need to drive my moto well for my work and I cant do that right now. I hope this surgery helps me go back to farming quickly." His niece shared, "He cannot recognize anything right now, so we have to help him everywhere. I hope his eyes are back to normal."
Sinon is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia with four sons and five grandchildren. Her husband passed away last year from brain cancer. Sinon shared with us that she enjoys visiting the local pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Around three years ago, Sinon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, itching, cloudy lens, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sinon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On October 15th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sinon said, "I hope my surgery will help me improve my vision so I can do work at home and take care of my grandchildren."
Martha is a hardworking 54-year-old mother from Kenya. She is a single mother of two, who are now adults. She used to run a small green grocery along the road in Ruaraka, but she is now jobless. One month ago, the structure where she used to sell her produce was brought down to pave way for the expansion of the road. She therefore has no source of income. Her oldest daughter used to work as a hotelier in Mombasa but lost her job due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which greatly affected the hospitality industry. Her son used to help Martha with the grocery shop but he is also jobless after the demolition. Their family is struggling to meet their daily needs and pay their $35 rent for their two-room home. Martha has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Martha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 25th. After treatment, Martha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Martha says, “I am confident that I will be able to fight this disease and have a normal life. However, I don’t have means to cover for the cost of this surgery since my business went down. If I get assistance, I will greatly appreciate it.”
Jayden is a baby from Kenya. He is a twin child. Jayden’s father unfortunately suffered a stroke and is currently hospitalized. His mother owns a small shop, but due to their difficult financial state, they are unable to afford Jayden's medical care. Jayden was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Jayden is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Jayden’s mother says, “I will be relieved and happy when my son gets treated.”
Philaris is a farmer from Uganda. She is a wife and mother of three. Phalaris performs different kinds of jobs across her village, such as laundry and working in other people’s farms, to meet her family’s daily needs. On July 18th, Philaris sustained a severe injury to her right leg when she fell from a tree while she was fetching firewood. She is in pain and cannot walk on her own. She has been diagnosed with a right tibia fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 22nd, Philaris will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again and no longer be in pain Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Philaris says, “I want to get treated because I don’t want these circumstances to determine my future and that of my family. I want to see my children happy and get their daily needs.”