michael joined Watsi on August 3rd, 2014. Six years ago, michael became the 272nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,768 more people have become monthly donors! michael's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Gasper, a student from Tanzania, so he can walk without difficulty.
michael has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 2 countries.
Gasper loves to read, write, and color pictures with his friends. He was also born with bilateral clubfoot, a deformity that causes the bones in his feet to grow incorrectly, causing extreme pain and difficulty walking. Gasper loves playing with his siblings and classmates, but, if his condition goes untreated, he won't be able to move about as easily and is at risk of developing early osteoarthritis. Gasper's parents work hard to support their son and his siblings, providing them with the food and support they need to go to school. Though Gasper's father earns money as a carpenter and his mother sells tea and snacks at a local café, they do not have enough money to pay for Gasper's medical care. "My dream is to become a business man when I grow up," Gasper says. For $1,160, we can fund Gasper's surgery and help make that dream a reality! Once funded, Gasper will undergo surgery to repair his congenital deformity and allow his bones to develop normally. Gasper will be able to walk without pain and difficulty, and continue to thrive in school and whatever else he dreams of doing!
Joseph is resilient. Both of his parents died when he was young. He lived with his uncle for a few years, but was chased away because of his poor health. After leaving his uncle’s care, with nowhere to go, Joseph lived on the streets until a social worker arranged for his care at an orphanage. Now, Joseph has a Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the connective tissue, on his foot. The tumor makes it difficult and painful for him to walk, and risks serious complications if the cancer spreads. "I dream of becoming either a doctor or an engineer," Joseph, who is currently in secondary school studying science, shares. "If God will bless me financially, I will give back to the orphanage that has been taking care of me with great love." Although the orphanage is fully supportive of Joseph’s education, there are not enough funds to provide for his medical needs. For $800 we can pay for Joseph to undergo a below-knee amputation and receive a prosthesis so he can still walk. With this treatment, doctors expect that Joseph will be pain free, able to walk normally, and no longer at risk of cancer. Let's pull together for Joseph's bright future!
Chilo wants to pursue a degree in medicine. But in 2003, Chilo was involved in a road accident that left him with a left ankle deformity that's limiting his education. “The damage to his ankle has caused severe pain, limping, and limitations on where he can go and how far he can manage. Since it was the result of an accident, there aren't social stigmas attached to it, but plenty of curious looks and it's limited his schooling significantly,” says our medical partner, CURE international. Chilo’s family has not been able to afford treatment for him and they tell us, “We are happy that we got contacts to come to CURE International through a group that Chilo joined back at home. It was a long journey to get here but we are happy that we are here.” For $1000 we can fund a left ankle infusion that will give Chilo the ability to walk without pain and limitation.