Jay Scroggins


United States

Jay's Story

Jay joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Jay joined the Universal Fund and became the 532nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,579 more people have joined! Jay's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Ronaldo, a two-month-old infant from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.


Jay has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 11 countries.

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James is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his family of farmers in a small bamboo and wooden house. James loves to play with his brother. James has developed a bloated belly and dry skin and is thin. James has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens James’s growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. James 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. His mother says, "I am hoping that my child grows healthy and normal and becomes a policeman someday."

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Adrianel is a six-year-old boy from the Philippines, currently in the first grade. He and his three older siblings were raised by their grandparents, as their mother suffers from mental illness and their father left to be with another woman. When Adrianel was six months old, his grandmother noticed that his scrotum was enlarged and increasing in size. His grandparents are very worried about him, but they could not afford to bring him to a doctor. He is often in pain, and when the pain flares up he can barely eat or sleep. Adrianel was referred to a community clinic, sponsored by our medical partner, International Care Ministries. Doctors diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia, and he was advised to undergo surgery as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Unfortunately, Adrianel's grandfather is the family's sole earner and cannot afford to pay for the $962 hernia repair surgery. Aside from his condition, Adrianel is attentive, sociable, and very eager to learn in school. He helps his grandparents in small ways, such as sweeping the leaves around the house and folding clothes. Adrianel is very close to his grandparents, and says that when he grows up, he will build a big and beautiful house for them. He also wishes to get his mother treatment so she can rejoin their family. Adrianel's grandparents are concerned about his condition and his future. They want him to finish his studies and enjoy his childhood like other children his age. "Thank you for helping us and our grandson," they say.

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