Nahurira is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother to two children, both young and in school. She is a small-scale farmer who relies on her small piece of land to earn a living. She often times works on other people’s farms to earn an additional wage and to provide domestic essentials like soap and paraffin, and so does her husband. She lives in a small rental semi-permanent house around Kitanda town together with her husband and two children. Two years ago, Nahurira has had a supra umbilical hernia. She feels severe pain after eating, abdominal discomfort, and the umbilical mass increases in size on coughing. Fortunately, on April 7th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nahurira's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Nahurira says, “I hope that my surgery goes on well, I will be healed from my condition, and be able to continue with cultivation in order to support my family.”
Touch is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children and when she has free time, she enjoys looking after her fourteen grandchildren. Three months ago, Touch developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 11, 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 $211 procedure. Touch said, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly like before and I will be able to look after my grandchildren again."
Htike is 40-year-old father from Thailand. He is a daily laborer who works in construction. In his free time he enjoys playing football and cane ball. He also likes to watch Manchester United play soccer. On December 18th, 2019, while working at a construction site, Htike fell from the roof of a 2nd story building. During the fall, not only did he break both his ankles, unfortunately he also slammed his face against nails, which caused bruising and several deep cuts all over his face. He is in severe pain all the time, he cannot walk or move his ankles, nor can he sleep. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htike will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 25th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will stop the pain, allow him to walk again, and provide for his family. "After receiving treatment, I am looking forward to working again in construction," Htike said.
John is an elderly subsistence farmer from Uganda. For the past four years, he has been struggling with right inguinal swelling that was recently diagnosed as a hernia. The hernia has been obstructing his daily life, especially when he has to do strenuous activities, coughing, or standing for long. He had been to a hospital previously but could not afford the cost of surgery. When he came to Nyakibale Hospital, where Watsi has a program, he had herniorrhaphy surgery recommended. The surgery will help resolve the hernia, reducing chances of strangulations and further complications. John and his wife live in their small piece of land cultivating beans, cassava and millet. He currently is unable to attend the farm due to the pain. His 12 children are all grown up, leaving John with 6 grandchildren to care for. They also farm coffee, with most of the income paying school fees for his grandchildren. John requires surgery but is not able to pay for the cost. Fortunately, on April 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund John's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. John says “I hope to get better after my surgery so that I can continue with cultivation because it’s not something I only do for a living but something I really love to do."
Touch is a 74-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children, fifteen grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her spare time. Two years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 21, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $211 procedure. Touch said, "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly and recognize people again so I can go outside on my own."
Lomunyaki is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents. Lomunyak's mother is staying at her parent’s home after giving birth to Lomunyak. Lomunyaki's father didn’t want to take his son to the hospital thus the mother was forced to ran away and go seek help from her parents. Her parents are livestock keepers with very little income but they were able to get some money and took Lomunyaki to a clinic. Lomunyaki was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Lomunyaki is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Lomunyaki's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 12th. This procedure will hopefully spare Lomunyaki from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthier trajectory. Lomunyaki’s mother says, “I was very shocked when I gave birth to Lomunyaki; he is my first born and him born with a disability made me feel very bad like there was something wrong with my womb. Please help my son get this treatment.”
Ngoeun is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four daughters, two sons, and twenty-five grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and listening to the radio. Five months ago, Ngoeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ngoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 2nd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see clearly so I can help my family take care of my grandchildren," she said.
Ayebare is a two-year-old boy and the youngest in their family of 10. He developed stomach pains on Wednesday last week, but later they normalized. He then developed bloody stool after a few days and this has persisted up to now. His father took him to the nearby private clinic in Katuna and spent one night there. His father was advised to take his son to a bigger hospital by the doctor and that’s how he came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. After assessment and early treatment by the doctor, they now recommend that Ayebare have a curative laparotomy. Without this surgery, he may suffer gangrene of the bowel, Gastro-Intestinal Tract Perforation, peritonitis and severe sepsis, and at worst death. Ayebare’s parents are small-scale farmers who grow beans, potatoes, sorghum and bananas for home consumption. Their firstborn got married recently and hasn’t stabilized in her new family. The third born is 20 years old and in secondary school class 4 and the 10th born is 4 years old and in preschool. All others in between them are in school as well except the 5th born who dropped out of school. Ayebare’s parents own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter and are in the process of constructing a permanent house to safely and comfortably accommodate all their children. They seek financial assistance as they have a lot on their shoulders to take care of, including school fees. Ayebare’s father says, “I pray for a successful surgery. Ayebare will go to school when the right time comes, God willing.”
Moses is an 8-month-old baby from Kenya and is the second born of two children in his family. He lives with both of his parents and elder brother in a two-room house in Nairobi suburbs. His mother is a stay-at-home mom while his father is employed casually as an electronic shop attendant. Moses was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Moses has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Moses will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 20th. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I look forward to see my son better,” says Moses’ mother.
Daniel is a one-month-old infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His mother is a stay-at-home mother looking after the children while the father works as a secondhand clothes seller for a living. Since birth, Daniel has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or even death. Fortunately, on April 7th, 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 Daniel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help my son have this surgery, the doctor says he can’t wait for long or else his condition will continue worsening and we are unable to afford the treatment cost.”
Ankunda is a student from Uganda. She has four siblings who are all still in school. As for her parents: her father is a property-owner collecting the little rent he gets from his tenants to support his family while her mother practices small scale farming to earn living. Ankunda was brought in with a painful swelling around the right wrist for one year. She reports it being painful and disfiguring as it disturbs her while writing thus making her write poorly and has affected her activities at home such as washing clothes. Ankunda traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 17th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ankunda needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Mother to Ankunda says, “I hope that my daughter becomes relieved of this condition and she continues with her education. I will continue to cultivate so as to support her studies.”
Many is a 85-year-old monk from Cambodia. He has four sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. He enjoys spending his time at the pagoda and reading. Three months ago, Many developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Many learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to read again after my operation, and that I will be able to go anywhere on my own and can see my relatives' faces," he shared.