Laura Melahn
Laura's Story

Laura joined Watsi on November 22nd, 2014. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Laura's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Nai, a woman from Burma, to fund an amputation.


Laura has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 14 countries.

patients you have funded

Jane Ashley is a 14-month-old girl from the Philippines. She loves to play with her doll with her sisters. Jane Ashley lives with her parents and siblings in a house made of bamboo and metal sheets. They have no access to water and electricity. Instead, they use small solar or gas lamps, and they drink rainwater. Jane Ashley's father is a fisherman. Jane Ashley has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. She began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 19. She 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. Jane Ashley's parents hope that she recovers from malnutrition, attends school, and completes her studies someday.

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