Choose a patient to support

Alejandra

Alejandra, a nine-month-old baby, lives with her parents and her older in a one-room adobe house in Guatemala. Her favorite thing to do is to play with her dolls. Her mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her and her siblings as well as helping Alejandra’s father cultivate corn in the nearby mountains. Although her parents work hard, they do not have the resources to feed her even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that she needs to reach a healthy height and weight. Alejandra’s parents are worried because they have noticed their daughter is not growing as well as the other children in their village, and almost never has an appetite. This is because she is malnourished, and her diet lacks the nutrients, calories, and protein she needs to grow and be healthy. If Alejandra does not receive treatment, she could face the consequences for the rest of her life—such as short stature as an adult, lower IQ, a harder time focusing, and trouble in school--all making it more likely that she will have lower-paying job as an adult and have children who face the same challenges. For $512, Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will provide Alejandra with growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication which will help her grow, develop normally both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. Her parents will receive nutrition education, so they can learn how to best feed Alejandra, even with the little resources they have. If she receives treatment now, she will be able to have normal mental and physical development, giving him a better chance to be a successful student and to one day be qualified for a well-paying job. "We hope that one day, she can have a university degree," says Alejandra's mother. With our help, this treatment will give Alejandra a better chance of escaping the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.

51% funded

51%funded
$265raised
$247to go
Darwin

Born in Guatemala, Darwin is the first child to two loving parents. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on large plantations, and wakes up long before dawn to look for firewood to sell, often making little more than a couple dollars per day. His mother works weaving traditional Mayan textiles, which she sells in a local market. Although both his parents work hard, they cannot afford to give him even one egg, vegetable, or fruit per day. Darwin's parents did not realize that their son was not growing well. Darwin is around three times below a normal size for his age and suffering from acute malnutrition. This is because the diet his parents can afford for him is mostly corn tortillas, which lacks protein, calories, and nutrients. If he does not receive treatment, the consequences could follow him for the rest of his life--leaving him with a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. All these factors make it less likely he will have a well-paying job as an adult. $512 will provide Darwin with growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication. All measures will be taken to help him grow, develop both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. Both of his parents are eager to learn how to make simple changes to their son's diet to help him grow and develop as he should. They will receive nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Darwin, even with the little resources they have. If he receives treatment now, he will be able to have normal mental and physical development, giving him a better chance to be a successful student and to one day be qualified for a well-paying job. His mother shares with us, "I want to do everything possible so that my son grow up normally and become a good student in the future."

56% funded

56%funded
$287raised
$225to go
Diego

Diego is a 23-month-old baby from Guatemala who lives with his parents and siblings in a rented one-room house. Diego loves to play ball with his neighbors. His mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children as well as looking for firewood to sell in the market. His father is a day laborer in the fields. Diego's mother has been worried since she has noticed that her son has not been wanting to eat, preventing him from growing like he should. This is because the diet his parents can afford for him lacks protein, calories, and nutrients, leaving him malnourished. If he does not receive treatment, malnutrition could cause permanent consequences such as a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. Although his parents work hard, they do not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to reach a healthy height and weight. For $512, we can treat Diego's malnutrition with a combination of food supplements, deworming medication and growth monitoring. This will allow him to gain weight, grow taller and resume normal development for a child his age. His mother will also receive nutrition education so she can help her son remain well-fed and healthy in spite of limited resources. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Diego the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

83% funded

83%funded
$430raised
$82to go
Neymar

This is Neymar, a 12-month-old baby boy who lives with his older brother and his parents in a rented one-room house made of cinderblocks in Guatemala. His mother works at home and takes care of the children while his father is a day laborer in the fields. Although his parents work hard, they do not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to reach a healthy height and weight. Neymar's mother has been worried that her son has not been eating well and growing like he should. This is because the diet his parents can afford for him lacks protein, calories, and nutrients, leaving him malnourished. If he does not receive treatment, malnutrition could cause permanent consequences such as a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. All these factors make it less likely he will have a well-paying job as an adult, meaning the cycle of poverty and malnutrition would continue if he decides to have kids. For $512, Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will provide Neymar with the treatment he needs to address his acute malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Neymar recover--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further help him to develop mentally. His mother will receive the educational support she needs to feel empowered in providing Neymar the diet he needs to grow and continue developing healthily, even with limited resources. His mother shares with us, "We hope that our son will grow up and be smart, so that he can be a good student and have a profession." Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition and give Neymar the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. Let's support Neymar and his family!

21% funded

21%funded
$110raised
$402to go
Sungani

Sungani is a 74-year-old farmer from central Malawi. He and his wife live close to their four adult children and six grandchildren. In his free time, Sungani enjoys chatting with his friends. For the past two years, Sungani has been experiencing pain due to an umbilical hernia. The pain has interfered with Sungani's ability to work and perform other daily tasks. An umbilical hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles, presenting as a soft swelling or bulge near the navel (umbilicus). In some cases, the hernia can be gently pushed back into the abdomen. However, in other cases, a segment of the intestine or abdominal fat becomes trapped in the hernia and cannot slide back into the abdomen. Without treatment, blood supply to the tissue may be reduced, causing severe complications. Until now, Sungani has been unable to receive quality treatment to repair his hernia. For $327, Sungani will undergo hernia repair. During the surgery, the doctor will push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Funding for Sungani also covers the costs of a six-day hospital stay, pain medicine, blood tests, and one follow-up consultation after surgery. Sungani and his family look forward to his return to his normal daily life, pain-free. Let's help make that happen!

30% funded

30%funded
$100raised
$227to go
Jose

Jose, a nine-month-old baby boy from Guatemala, lives with his older brother and his parents in a one-room renal house made of wood and tin. He loves to dance when he listens to music. His mother works at home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her children, while his father is a day laborer who harvests corn, beans, and squash. Jose's father makes only a couple of dollars per day when there's work. Although Jose's parents work hard, they do not have the resources to feed him the minimum that he needs to reach a healthy height and weight. Jose's mother has been worried since she has noticed that her son has not been growing well, has little appetite, and is getting sick often. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition as a result of a diet lacking in protein, calories, and nutrients. Malnutrition has weakened Jose's immune system, making him unable to fight off common illnesses. In the past two weeks he developed a gastrointestinal condition that is dangerous for a child suffering from malnutrition. If he does not receive treatment, Jose risks stunted development that could leave him with a lower IQ and difficulty focusing in school. He will also be at risk for developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, as an adult. All of these factors make it less likely that he will secure a well-paying job as an adult, meaning the cycle of poverty and malnutrition may continue if he decides to have children. In order to combat his malnutrition, Jose requires a $512 regimen of growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication. This will save his life now and put him on track to live a better life in the future. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, which will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally rather than to fend off frequent illness. Jose's mother will receive support, empowering her to give Jose the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition and give Jose the chance to live a healthy and productive life. He will be able to finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place. "We dream that our son goes to university one day," says Jose's mother.

32% funded

32%funded
$165raised
$347to go
Dylan

"Dylan is suffering from malnutrition, meaning that he is much too small for his age," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Not only has his physical grown been stunted, but he also has a weak immune system due to a lack of protein, calories, and nutrients." Dylan is a nine-month-old baby who lives in rural Guatemala with his parents. He's the youngest of two children. His father works in the fields as a day laborer where he earns a few dollars a day when work is available. His parents don't have the resources to feed him fruits, vegetables or eggs needed to maintain healthy growth. WK explains, "Unfortunately, malnutrition also decreases his appetite--Dylan's mother says that she has to struggle with him to get him to eat. If Dylan does not receive treatment, he could face the consequences for the rest of his life—such as short stature as an adult, lower IQ, a harder time focusing, and have trouble in school--all making it more likely that he will have lower-paying job as an adult and have children who are also malnourished." For $512, we can enroll Dylan in WK's malnutrition therapy program, which will provide growth monitoring, food supplements and deworming medication, allowing him to resume normal growth. If he's treated now, he can resume normal mental and physical development. "His parents will receive motivational nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Dylan, even with the little resources they have," WK says. "This treatment will give Dylan a better chance of escaping the cycle of malnutrition and poverty," WK says.

11% funded

11%funded
$60raised
$452to go
Marbella

Marbella is one year old, and is the second daughter in her family. She lives with her parents and older brother in an adobe house in Guatemala. Her mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Marbella. Her father is a day laborer in the fields, who often does not have work. While her mother is working, Marbella loves to play with plastic dishes and pretend to make food. Although her parents work hard, they do not have the resources for her to reach a healthy height and weight. Marbella is suffering from malnutrition, meaning that she is much too small for her age. Not only has her physical growth been stunted, but she also has a weak immune system—in the past two weeks alone she has suffered from a cough and a high fever. Unfortunately, malnutrition also decreases her appetite--Marbella's mother says that she almost never finishes the food she gives her, and that she gets tired quickly when she plays. If Marbella does not receive treatment, she could face the consequences of stunted mental and physical growth for the her the rest of her life, making it more likely that she will have lower-paying jobs as an adult and have children who are also malnourished. Marbella will receive growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication which will help her grow, develop healthily both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. Her parents will receive nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Marbella, even with the little resources they have. If she receives treatment now, she will be able to have normal mental and physical development. This treatment will give Marbella a better chance of escaping the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that she is caught in. Her parents share, "We dream that our daughter can go to university."

16% funded

16%funded
$87raised
$425to go
Bayron

10-month-old Bayron lives with his older brother and his parents in a rented one-room house made of tin in Guatemala. Bayron loves to play ball with his older siblings. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting corn, beans, and squash for a neighbor’s plantation. His mother works at home, taking care of her Bayron and his siblings, cooking, and cleaning. Although both his parents work hard, they cannot afford to give him even one piece of fruit, egg, or vegetable per day. Bayron has not been growing well, has little appetite, and is getting sick often. This is because he has a poor diet, which is lacking in protein, calories, and nutrients. His immune system is weak, and he has been getting sick frequently--in the past two weeks alone he has had a cough, and a fever, conditions that are dangerous for a child suffering from acute malnutrition. In left untreated, malnutrition could have a devastating effect on his mental development and result in a greater risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Bayron recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. His parents will receive support to give Bayron the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with their limited resources. Intervention now will prevent the future consequences of malnutrition. Treatment will give Bayron the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place. Bayron's parents share, "We hope that he can study so he can have a good future."

57% funded

57%funded
$295raised
$217to go