Elder is a 29-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his family in the country's rural highlands. Married with two children, Elder is the main provider for his family's needs. Since he was a little boy, Elder has struggled with his vision, but he was never able to afford a doctor's visit in order to get his eyes checked. A few years ago, he was able to go to a clinic and receive an eye exam and free pair of glasses. This prescription is now out of date, and Elder is in need of a new pair of glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of Elder's new glasses. He is scheduled to receive his new prescription on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. "I am very happy and grateful since I attended the clinic," Elder says. "After undergoing the exams and procedures I hope that I will receive glasses because it will help me greatly.”
David is a 30-year-old man from Guatemala who lives with his family in the country's rural highlands. When David was just a baby, a small branch perforated his eyeball. He has had trouble with his eyesight ever since, having experienced a number of eye infections and still requiring eyeglasses in order to see. Today, his eye bothers him more than ever before, and his prescription has become ineffective in helping his vision. Having formerly never been able to afford a complete checkup, David was able to go to a free eye clinic one month ago and receive a full eye exam. The doctors at the clinic prescribed David a new pair of glasses, however he does not have the resources to purchase them. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of David's new glasses and prescription lenses. He is scheduled to receive these glasses on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. These new glasses will help David to see better, supporting him in his work and daily life. “I will forever be grateful for this support," says David.
Rosa is a 30-year-old single woman who lives in Guatemala’s rural highlands. She works as an assistant nurse, and she likes to create traditional embroideries in her free time. Rosa has always struggled with her eyesight, but she had formerly been unable to see a doctor for an eye examination. One month ago, Rosa had the opportunity to attend a free clinic to get her eyesight tested. At the clinic, Rosa was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. In order to fix her blurry vision and inability to see faraway objects, Rosa needs glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $552 to fund Rosa's new glasses fit with prescription lenses, which she is scheduled to receive on June 9. "I thank the institution and the donors for giving me the opportunity to be the beneficiary of this support. For lack of economic resources I have been unable to go to a doctor about my vision problems. Thank you for this great help. I know I will be able to see better and I will continue to help other needy people with their health problems, " says Rosa.
28-year-old Merida lives with her parents and eight-year-old son in Guatemala’s rural highlands. After a recent visit to a free clinic, Merida was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means that Merida struggles to see objects that are far away. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Merida is scheduled to have an eye evaluation and get fitted for prescription lenses on June 12. She is asking for $552 to cover the total cost of her treatment. Merida shares that her greatest dream is to support her son so that he can grow up happy and have the opportunity to pursue his dreams and goals.
Virginia is a five-month-old baby girl living in rural Guatemala. She was born to a single mother who stays home to care for her. Unfortunately, Virginia's mother cannot produce breast milk, which has made it difficult for Virginia to receive the nourishment that she needs in her early months of life. Because of this, Virginia was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Virginia has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Virginia to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 13, Virginia will receive micronutrients, formula, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $1,162 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. Virginia’s mother says, “I am scared because I do not have breast milk to give my daughter, and we are of scarce resources so I cannot afford to buy her much. I dream to see my daughter grow up well so that she can study and in the future become a teacher.”
Magali is a 28-year-old woman from Guatemala. Magali is single and lives with her parents in Guatemala's rural highlands. With a passion for studying, Magali is taking weekend university classes, while working a full-time job and assisting with her family's business. Magali has always had problems with her sight, but she has never been able to afford a visit to an eye doctor. However, a month ago, Magali was able to get her vision checked at a free clinic. In this visit, she was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Magali is scheduled for an eye evaluation and to receive prescription lenses on June 12. She is requesting $552 to cover the total cost of her treatment. With a pair of glasses to fix her blurry vision, Magali will more easily be able to work, study, and support her family.
Mohamed is a one-week-old baby from Kenya. Mohamed's mother tends to the house while Mohamed's father takes up work on farms whenever he can. Mohamed was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, which is a condition that prevents her spinal cord from developing properly. Because of her condition, Mohamed is currently at risk of infection, malformation of the spinal cord, loss of muscular function in her lower limbs, and trauma. Immediate surgery was recommended in order to give Mohamed the best chance at evading these negative effects. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,097 to fund the spina bifida closure surgery that Mohamed needs. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Mohamed to continue along a healthy developmental trajectory. Mohamed's mother says, “It was the most unexpected news we ever thought we could receive but we have peace now that there is treatment."
Laura is a 21-year-old student from rural Uganda. Laura comes from a large family of seven children. During her free time, Laura likes to take nature walks and visit friends. Laura has been living with a painful umbilical hernia for the past eight years that has only become more painful over time. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, she is now scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on June 12. She is requesting $229 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Laura is training to be a midwife but her hernia causes her pain when she is assisting mothers during delivery. After surgery, Laura hopes to continue with her studies. She loves being a midwife and helping mothers bring their babies into this world. “I thank the donors for the support, my mother is not able to pay for the surgery, and we struggle a lot with raising tuition and other home needs,” she says.
Elida is a 26-year-old farmer from Uganda who is expecting her second child. Elida and her husband live in southwest Uganda. When she is not working in the fields, Elida enjoys weaving mats for her house, participating in the local savings and loans group, and singing in the church choir. Because Elida's first child was delivered by caesarean section, she is considered to have a high-risk pregnancy. Doctors want to monitor her carefully in case any unexpected complications arise. Elida lives about 50 km from the hospital, so she is staying in the hospital under constant supervision starting on June 25 until her baby is delivered. Elida is very thankful to all of the donors for supporting her delivery. Although she is able to contribute $7 to the cost of her care, she is still in need of $241 to cover her antenatal and postpartum visits, hospital stay and delivery, labs, and medication.
Jackyto is a six-year-old boy from southern Haiti. He is in the first grade and likes going to school and drawing. Jackyto has four siblings and his parents are farmers. Jackyto was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This means he has a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving him sick and weak. Although Watsi has already funded Jackyto's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/e95b7420cae8-jackyto) to the hospital for his surgery, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover exams, heart surgery prep, and medications. Have a Heart Cayman is also contributing $22,000 to the costs of his heart surgery. "I am so thankful Jackyto will be able to travel for his surgery!" says Jackyto’s mother.
Presley is a 13-month-old baby boy from Haiti. He lives with his mother, father, and older sister. His father is a mechanic and his mother works in a preschool. Presley has recently learned to walk and likes running and playing. Presley was born with pulmonic stenosis, a cardiac condition in which one of the heart's four valves is too small. As a result, his heart has to work much harder to circulate the blood, leading to heart failure and leaving Presley sick and weak. Seeking treatment, Presley visited our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. Although the majority of his heart surgery is being subsidized by the organization, Have a Heart Cayman, Presley is still in need of $1,500 to cover medications, exams, and heart surgery prep. Presley is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on June 16, and his mother says how she is "very hopeful that after the surgery Presley will be completely healthy and normal!"
Yar Blu is an 18-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives in a refugee settlement with her parents and eight older siblings. Her oldest siblings are in Bible school, and her other siblings are enrolled in the camp's school. Her father works as a medic to support their family, and up until giving birth to Yar Blu, her mother taught in the camp. When Yar Blu was born, doctors noticed a small mass on the bridge of her nose, and recommended she return for surgery when she was three months of age. She has now been diagnosed with encephalocele, a defect in neural tube formation. On June 25 Yar Blu will undergo correctional surgery at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of her operation. After surgery, Yar Blu and her family are looking forward to a speedy recovery!