Samuel Zubia


United States

Samuel's Story

Samuel joined Watsi on December 16th, 2013. Three years ago, Samuel became the 547th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,133 more people have become monthly donors! Samuel's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Thol, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.


Samuel has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 11 countries.

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Arniel is a 12-month-old baby. He lives with his parents and three siblings in the Philippines. Arniel loves to play with his siblings. His father works in an amusement park in Dapitan. Arniel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 20. Arniel 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. "I am glad he will receive a feeding treatment. I hope that Arniel will recover from malnutrition and that he will grow up healthy," says his mother.

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