Lenore Salazar


United States

Lenore's Story

Lenore joined Watsi on April 28th, 2013. Nine months ago, Lenore became the 2792nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 569 more people have become monthly donors! Lenore's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Dah, a woman from Burma, to fund fracture repair surgery.


Lenore has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 13 countries.

All patients funded by Lenore


Cesar is 18 months old, but he is only the size of a healthy eight-month-old. Cesar lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He is a happy child who loves to play with his sister and eat beans. Cesar’s mother works taking care of the family’s household needs, and she weaves traditional Mayan textiles in her spare time. Cesar’s father works as a day laborer. Cesar has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Cesar has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak. He may also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Cesar recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Treatment will give him an opportunity to play, grow, and participate in his family’s lives supported by a healthy brain and body. Cesar is scheduled to start the program on March 30. Cesar's parents both wish for Cesar to grow well, but the family does not have enough resources to pay $492 for malnutrition treatment. They need help to raise the necessary funds. Cesar’s mother says, “I am thankful to the organization and the donors for the support that my son will receive. For lack of knowledge I have not been able to take care of my son as I should, but now with this help, I hope my son can recover and grow.”

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Jay-ar is a 17-month-old boy living in the Philippines. His parents are separated, and he currently lives with his mother and grandmother in a house made of scrap materials. His father works as a construction worker, and he still supports Jay-ar financially. Unfortunately, there are times when he is unable to send money to Jay-ar. Jay-ar 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. Jay-ar began malnutrition treatment on October 19. 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. Jay-ar's mother needs help to fund this $268 program. Following his treatment, Jay-ar's nutrition will improve and his risk of complications and fatality will significantly decrease. His mother hopes "to see Jay-ar growing up healthy and finishing school."

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