Doreen is a nursing assistant and mother of three. Her oldest child is at the university, and Doreen shared how happy she is that her children can receive an education beyond what was available to her. After leaving school, Doreen started working as a cleaner before developing her knowledge and skills regarding patient care. She now works as a nurse assistant, and her husband works as a boda boda taxi driver. For two years, Doreen has been experiencing an epigastric hernia. As a result, it is painful for her to do any strenuous work. She visited the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), where the doctors determined she needs to undergo surgery to heal. On April 14th, Doreen will undergo hernia repair surgery to help her live more comfortably and confidently upon recovery. AMH is requesting $230 to help fund Doreen's surgery. Doreen says, "I pray that I successfully undergo my surgery so as to regain my health. I want to continue working to sustain my family."
Jane is a small-scale farmer and a loving mother of five. She and her husband, who is a retired teacher, do subsistence farming to support themselves. They own a mud house for shelter and have worked hard to raise and educate their children. They proudly shared that their youngest is now 22 years old and has a diploma in journalism. All their children went to school and they are grateful for support from relatives and friends whenever they faced school fee-related challenges. One year ago, Jane began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling on her neck and severe neck pains. She was diagnosed with a Non-Toxic Nodular Goitre. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jane receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 18th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Jane says, "I am worried about this condition and I need treatment. It could become complicated in the future, affecting my day-to-day life and duties. I hope to continue with farming as soon as I am well."
Sokha is a 54-year-old womanwho has a calm, quiet presence. Her husband is a Khmer language teacher at primary school. They have one daughter, who is in the twelfth grade. Sokha's family is very important to her, so she spends much of her time cooking and cleaning, as well as with her close relatives. About thirty years ago, Sokha developed a severe ear infection, which caused her tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her left ear to perforate. As a result, Sokha has experienced tinnitus and discharge for as long as she can remember, especially when she has a cold or upper respiratory infection. She has developed increased hearing loss and has difficulty communicating with others, as she needs to lip-read to make her replies. Sokha has visited treatment centers but shared that the medication is expensive and has not relieved her symptoms. Upon learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Sokha traveled to their care center for treatment. On March 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, and surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund her procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. After thirty years of symptoms, Soksa shared that she hopes she will have improved hearing and no more infections after her surgery!
Jovaito is a joyful woman and a wonderful mother to her four children, all of whom are in school. She is in her late forties and relies on farming to make ends meet. Her husband is a laborer who also takes up farming jobs on people's farms to make a living. Together, their income is limited, which makes paying school fees and meeting health needs difficult. For eight months, Jovaito has been experiencing uncomfortable symptoms and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to remove her tumor and relieve her of her pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Jovaito's surgery. On May 12th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital. Once recovered, Jovaito will be able to resume her daily activities and take care of her family pain free. Jovaito says, “I never got a chance to study but I have worked so hard to see that my children acquire so much education. I hope to continue with farming to push them farther once given a chance to undergo my surgery successfully.”
Soveat is a 37-year-old rice and vegetable farmer who is married and has two children. At the end of a long day, Soveat likes to listen to the news, to play football, and to spend time with his children. In March, Soveat was in an accident while riding his motorbike, which resulted in an injury to the nerves which control his right arm, shoulder and hand. He was admitted to a local hospital and stayed five days, but he is still unable to move his shoulder or his arm, and he is in a lot of pain. The local hospital advised him that he needs surgery, and referred him to our local medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, which is the only hospital in Cambodia offering the treatment that Soveat needs. Soveat will undergo surgery on May 2nd, after which he will be able to use his arm again to continue farming, and to do the other activities he enjoys. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Soveat said: "I hope after this surgery, I will be able to use my arm again to do things by myself and grow rice."
Malachi is a 5-year-old preschooler and the only son of a single mum. Their family hails from Nakuru County in Kenya. His mother is currently sick, and his family is being taken care of by his grandmother. Malachi's grandmother does small jobs, such as farming, washing, and weeding in their neighbor’s farms. She does this on a day-to-day basis in order to support the family. Malachi suffers from a condition known as lower limb deficiency. This hinders him from walking straight and squatting, which also impacts his self-esteem. Fortunately, Malachi was able to travel to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform surgery on May 9th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Malachi's treatment, which will help him to be able to walk, engage in school, and play. His family also hopes this will boost his self-esteem. “I want to become a doctor so that I help other sick people and my mum,” Malachi says.
Thean is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer. She and her husband have two daughters, two sons, and nine grandchildren. All of her children work as farmers. Some of Thean's favorite activities are listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda. Five years ago, Thean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing burning, irritation, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, which is the mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Thean has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside. When Thean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, Thean will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $225, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Kech says, "After surgery, I hope my eye irritation stops and I can feel comfortable. I want to go outside by myself, and see and recognize things well."
Nob is married and has three daughter and one son. He enjoys listening to the news and traditional Khmer songs on the radio. In February, Nob was electrocuted on his right hand, fell two meters, and lost consciousness. He was sent to a local hospital and then a private clinic in the capital city of Phnom Penh. They treatment him with wound dressing and IV fluids, but then he was sent back home. Still in pain, his neighbor told him about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Nob arrived to CSC with 3rd degree burns and necrosis of the right forearm skin. His doctor has determined that the tissue is dead and his hand needs to be amputated to treat his pain and prevent further infection. Nob wants to feel like himself again and be helpful with his family. He shared, "I hope after surgery I am no longer in pain."
Magret is a small-scale farmer and a loving mother of seven. She lost her husband twenty-five years ago. On her own, she managed to put up a three-room mud house to shelter her children. Two years ago, Magret began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling and severe pain while swallowing. She was diagnosed with a Non-Toxic Nodular Goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Magret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 18th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Magret says, "My family and I cannot afford the surgery, yet I hope to get well. I desire to live a normal life again. I request the donors support my surgery so that I may be able to live a better and more productive life."
Saban is a 78-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. She had to stop working when it was too difficult to be outside for her. She has two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. After her husband died several years ago, she moved in with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker, to help cook and care for her grandchildren. In the evenings, after dinner, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Saban developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, and shared that she cannot see the faces of her family clearly anymore. When Saban learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Saban says, "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I hope to recognize the faces of my family, and take good care of myself and my grandchildren."
Dismas is a boda boda taxi driver from Kenya. He is a bright and hardworking young man from a highland region in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Dismas is the third born in a family of four. He studied up to the 7th grade in primary school, but then had to stop attending due to the school fees. Now he lives in a rental house with his wife and their son. His parents live in a place far from him in a semi-arid area, and he moved to look for work and to earn a living. Before his recent accident, Dismas was employed as a motorcycle driver and his limited wages enabled him to sustain his family and give his parents a little support. After a severe road traffic accident about three weeks ago, Dismas was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and is still unable to walk. The bill for his care has been accumulating and he had no funds to pay due to his current state and inability to work. Well-wishers helped him pay the bill and he was discharged home with his fracture stabilized on a splint. One of his brothers reached out to a friend who knew of our medical partner's care center, Kapsowar Hospital, and he was brought in to see if they could help him. An x-ray found that he sustained fractures of the distal tibia and fibula. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 26th, Dismas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After he heals from this surgery, he will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Dismas says, "It really hurts when I see my family suffering. I am worried about their future if my condition doesn’t change. Kindly help me get well so that they may not be impacted even more.”
Lun is a 62-year-old farmer with one daughter, five sons, and seven grandchildren. Lun and his wife are rice farmers which keeps them very busy throughout the year. At the end of a long day at work, Lun likes to listen to the news on the radio and shared that he always enjoys his wife's cooking. One year ago, Lun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. Lun has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own. When Lun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On April 20th doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, Lun will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is helping Lun raise $253 to fund the procedure. Lun shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well again. I would like to continue to plant rice and vegetables to sell at our local market and earn money to support our living."