Sanda joined Watsi on December 29th, 2013. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sanda's most recent donation traveled 6,600 miles to support Jesca, friendly, music-loving teenager from Tanzania, to fund mobility-restoring clubfoot treatment.
Sanda has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 10 countries.
Sanda has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 10 countries.
Jesca is a hardworking, friendly, and sociable girl who loves music and singing in the choir at church. She's an 18-year-old teenager, born as the third child in a family of nine. Jesca was only able to study until seventh grade because she was experiencing mobility issues due to clubfoot, making going to school particularly challenging. Jesca's father tried to encourage his daughter to continue with school by discussing with her the the importance of education. However, Jesca was too concerned about going to secondary school, which is located even further away and thereby posing an even bigger challenge for her. Jesca has clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jesca has now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform a clubfoot repair surgery on June 29th, and requests support of $935 for her treatment costs. After treatment, Jesca will be able to walk normally and is hopeful for a better life ahead. Jesca describes her previous decisions about school with regret but turns an optimistic outlook for her future: "If it wasn’t for my foot I would have probably continued with school and maybe today I would be in a better position. I am now working but my foot is still limiting my work. Please help me have my foot corrected."
Vannary is a 15-year-old 9th grade student. Vannary's father is a driver, her mother is a cleaner, and she has two twin younger sisters. At home, Vannary enjoys playing with her sisters, reading books, and helping out her mother. Three months ago, Vannary developed an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, which led Vannary to experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and discharge. In order for her condition to improve, Vannary needs a mastoidectomy procedure in her ear to remove the cholesteatoma and help her hear clearly again. Vannary shared, "I hope my hearing can improve and the ear discharge finally will stop."
Him is a 71-year-old clay potter from Cambodia. He has two sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his youngest daughter and his wife who is also a potter. They take their pots to the market to sell to support their family. In his free time, Him likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. Five months ago, Him developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing. It is hard for him to make pots or travel to the market. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Him learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour and a half with his wife seeking treatment. On March 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Him shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly so I can make more pots, go to the market to sell my products, and support my living well."
Ry is a 62-year-old farmer from Cambodia and her husband is a monk. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son who works in construction. Ry enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio and at the pagoda. Three months ago, Ry developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour with her granddaughter seeking treatment. On December 4th, 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. Ry said, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can take care of my family and plant crops like banana and Khmer mint. I want to be able to get around easily on my own."
Turinawe is a 49-year-old mother of four who are all still in school. Two are at the university, and the rest are in secondary levels of education. She and her husband are primary school teachers at a private school. They also enjoy growing crops to eat at home. Turinawe has been experiencing epigastric pain and feels as if her abdomen is always full. This has negatively impacted her quality of life. She has lost weight because she does not have an appetite. If not treated, her symptoms will persist, worsen, and she may even develop life-threatening complications such as stomach cancer. She traveled to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, where she was diagnosed with cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder. Now, she needs $253 to fund the cost of the curative laparotomy treatment which will relieve her of this condition. Turinawe shared, “I think my health will be restored because I have faith in God and I am looking forward to being able to continue teaching after the COVID-19 lockdown, thanks to Watsi.”
Mpirirwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of six, most are already married. She is the sole caretaker of her husband who was paralyzed six years ago. They live in a three-room semi-permanent house. For the last 40 years, Mpirirwe has experienced no pain but as her mandibular mass has grown bigger, she experiences discomfort and disfigurement of her appearance. The mass needs to be excised to prevent her symptoms from growing worse. Mpirirwe traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mpirirwe needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Mpirirwe shared, “With this surgery, I will be able to work comfortably again and be more productive. I will also comfortably attend church services and participate in other public activities as others do.”
Sam is a 12-year-old student from Cambodia, and the third of four siblings in her family. Her mom sells food at the local market and her dad is a tuk tuk driver. She is in grade 6 at her primary school. Sam's best subjects are Khmer and English literature and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. In her free time she enjoys playing games and watching TV. Five years ago, Sam had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Sam experiences pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss. She has difficulty communicating with others and the ear infection occasionally causes her a high fever. She is no longer attending school because of her worsening condition. Sam traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 30th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will be successful so she can go back to school," Sam's mother said.
Sovan is a 15-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is the oldest in a family of three children, and enjoys playing games on the phone in her free time. Sovan has ptosis in her right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. This condition makes it difficult for Sovan to carry out daily activities as it impairs her vision. Sovan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 13, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve her vision. Now, Sovan needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her mother says, "I hope the surgery is successful so that my daughter can see clearly and feel confident when she is out with friends."
Elias is a happy and active child from Tanzania. He has not started school yet. He loves playing with other kids. Elias lives with his parents and his older brothers and sisters. The family lives in a rented house in eastern zone of Tanzania. Since birth, Elias has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and discomfort and may lead to tissue damage. Fortunately, on April 11, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Elias's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I am hoping that Elias will receive treatment and will grow well. God bless you all. I will never be able to repay this kindness,” Elias’s father says.
Twikirize is a businesswoman from Uganda. She runs a retail shop, and she has one child. For one year, Twikirize has had a progressively growing swelling in her inner right thigh. She experiences pain and discomfort. If not treated, the swelling will continue growing and making it difficult for her to walk. Twikirize traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 10, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Twikirize needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Twikirize says, “I hope to have better quality of life after surgery and I will continue with my business of operating a shop.”
Moe is a 10-month-old baby boy who lives with his parents, uncle, grandmother, and older brother in Burma. His father used to work as a server in Bangkok, but he moved back home three months ago to help take care of Moe. Since Moe’s mother cannot work while she is looking after her two sons, they are forced to live off of their savings. Three months after Moe was born, his mother noticed that he had a bump on his left eyebrow. She took him to visit the doctor at Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center. He was sent to Mae Sot Hospital for further investigation. The doctor at the hospital diagnosed him with a cyst and scheduled him for a cyst removal surgery on April 10. Now, Moe's family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. “When he grows up, we want to send him to school and we will support him whatever he decides to become," says Moe's father.
Ismael is a 55-year-old man who needs eyeglasses. Ismael lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He has always struggled with problems with his eyesight, but could never afford to go to the doctor to get his eyes checked. One month ago, Ismael was afforded the opportunity to attend a free clinic and have his eyesight tested. At the clinic, Ismael was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. In order to fix his blurry vision and inability to see faraway objects, Ismael needs glasses. Ismael will be receiving his glasses from Intituto Panamericano, a care center of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Wuqu' Kawoq is seeking $552 to fund the tests necessary to prepare Ismael's glasses, as well as the glasses themselves. His glasses will help Ismael see better, which will help him in his work and daily life. With this support, Ismael will be able to live and work easier. He says, “I am very grateful to the institution for helping us. We are many people who need help, and I hope that you can continue working to benefit other people. Thank you to the organization and the donors for this work that you do.”