Elizabeth Parlee
Elizabeth's Story

Elizabeth joined Watsi on December 26th, 2014. 54 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Elizabeth's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Hamza, a playful boy from Ethiopia, to fund a mass removal in his abdomen so he can return to school.


Elizabeth has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.

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Denjie is a ten-month-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and six siblings. Denjie's father is a farmer, but he does not earn enough to support the family. His mother takes care of the family. Without nutritious meals, Denjie is living with moderately acute malnutrition. Denjie began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 19. Denjie is being 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 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. "I hope my son, Denjie, recovers fast from malnutrition and grows up with strong faith in the Lord," says Denjie's mother. She also hopes that he "finishes his studies and has a good job."

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“We just pray that our daughter will be able to walk so that she can be independent, go to school and pursue her future career. Lord willing later on she will be helpful to us and the society at large,” Karen’s mother says. Meet Karen, a happy and friendly one-year-old baby girl from Tanzania. Karen is very energetic and likes to crawl. She also enjoys listening to music, clapping her hands and swinging her body sideways in delight. But Karen also has bilateral clubfoot, a condition that causes her to use the lateral aspect of her feet when walking. This is painful and ultimately ineffective -- without treatment she'll never walk or run normally, which will affect her ability to attend school. “If not treated, Karen’s gait will be affected and she will most likely develop early osteoarthritis of the feet,” Karen’s doctors at AMHF warn. Karen’s mother sells fruits at a kiosk close near the family's home, and her father is a self-employed constructor. "Karen’s parents both work very hard to earn enough to care for their two children, but they still find the cost of treating Karen’s condition too high for them to afford,” shares our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Together we can ensure Karen receives access to the medical care she needs. $1,160 will cover the entire cost of treatment, including x-rays, braces, and surgery. Once treated AMHF says, “Karen will be able to walk on plantigrade; as she continues to grow she will be able to walk to school and pursue her future career.”

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