Morn is a 54-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He and his wife have two sons together, both have moved out to live on their own. Morn spends a lot of time driving in the countryside with other soldiers, and enjoys talking with them and listening to the news. He also likes showing his friends music he listens to on his phone. Three years ago, Morn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him partial blindness, irritation, and a cloudy lens. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Morn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Morn said, "I hope my surgery helps me see everything clearly again so I can drive for my job, read books, and do everything myself."
Patrick is a motorbike taxi operator from Kenya. He is the firstborn child in a family of 6 children. He lives with his grandmother as his mother’s rented space is too small for the entire family. He did not proceed with higher education due to financial challenges. His mother separated with his father so she is raising their family and Patrick used to rely on his motorcycle business to make ends meet. A week ago, Patrick was involved in a motorcycle accident suffering facial bruises and a right femur fracture. He is in pain and unable to stand on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 26th, Patrick will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Patrick says, “Thank you for assisting me. I am hopeful that soon my leg will be fixed.”
Jayden is a 2-month-old baby from Tanzania. Jayden has an older sister who is five years old and she loves to be close to Jayden most of the time. Jayden's father works as a driver in public transport while his mother sells food during the day at the local market. They shared that their income is not much but it enables them to make ends meet. Jayden was born a healthy baby but after two weeks, his mother noticed he had a swelling on his head. The mass is increasing in size and may cause him pain and discomfort, and become more serious if not treated. Jayden traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Jayden needs help to raise $724 to fund this procedure. Jayden’s mother says, “We would love our baby to have this surgery but we are unable to afford the cost. We are concerned if we keep waiting it could lead to complications later on. Please help.”
Kamusiime is a 44-year-old married mother to five children, four girls all married and are small-scale farmers and one boy who is still young and in school. She earns a living through practicing small scale farming and so does her husband. They mostly growing sorghum, millet beans, and cassava and because they have poor agriculture methods, she earns smaller yields and lowering her income. Kamusiima presented feeling a vaginal mass, excessively prolonged bleeding, and backache for more than two years. Her condition is associated with dizziness, epigastric pain, and headaches. This has made a poor quality of life and if not treated, Kamusiima's symptoms may persist. Kamusiima had never been to any hospital for treatment of her condition but having heard of Watsi's efforts at Nyakibale Hospital, she decided to come for support. She was examined and had a scan, where she was diagnosed with menopausal with cystocele and uterine prolapse. The doctor told her that she needs a trans-vaginal hysterectomy. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery and needs support. Kamusiime says, “I hope that my surgery will enable me to regain normal health once again.”
Fredrick is an elderly man from Kenya. Earlier this year in April, Fredrick noticed a lump in his right breast. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and his older age, he decided not to risk visiting the hospital for a checkup. He was examined in September and underwent some scans and a biopsy test, but no treatment or medication was offered to him. Later on, one of his children brought him back to the hospital for further examination. The doctor diagnosed Frederick with breast cancer requiring a mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue. Without treatment, the cancer may metastasize to other organs. Fredrick has five children whom he relies on to meet his daily needs. Only one of the five is financially stable able enough to send him some money for daily living. Fredrick and his wife practice small-scale farming to supplement this financial support. He and his family are not able to raise the required amount of money for his surgery and ask for your help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Fredrick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 14. After treatment, Fredrick will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Fredrick shared, “I am hopeful that I will get the required treatment."
Soy is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda or on the radio. Seven years ago, Soy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours by taxi with her daughter to seek treatment. On July 3rd, doctors will perform 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 $229 procedure. Soy shared, "I hope I can see better so I can ride by bicycle and go to the pagoda. I want to see my relatives and take care of myself."
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.”
Ranika is an 11-year-old student from Cambodia. She lives with her mother, who is a tailor, and her younger sister. She is in the sixth grade at school, and her favorite subject is math. She likes to read magazines and help her mother in her shop. Since she was two, Ranika has had chronic tonsillitis. When this condition flares up, she experiences pain in her throat, difficulty speaking or swallowing, and occasionally a fever. Her mother brought her to our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre, where the doctors will be able to perform a tonsillectomy. Once her tonsils have been removed, Ranika will be able to study and do her daily activities with complete comfort. Ranika's mother told us, "This problem makes it difficult for my daughter to focus at school, so I hope that she will get better and be more comfortable."
Kasande is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother to five children, including one girl who is still in school. Two of her sons are teachers and the other two are still in school. She dropped out of school at sixth grade due to lack of school fees and began farming. She currently earns a living from her small banana and coffee plantation which she operates together with her husband. For some time now, Kasande has been experiencing bleeding, severe backaches, and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with cervical polyp and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kasande's surgery. On July 21st, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kasande will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kasande says: “I expect to get a new life after my surgery and hope to resume with farming after I have recovered.”
Kong is a 60-year-old tour guide from Cambodia. He and his wife have three children. Kong has to travel a lot for his work, but he can support his family. He enjoys taking care of his children, helping them with their schoolwork and taking them on trips. Last year, Kong had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Kong experiences hearing loss, ear pain, and pus discharge. He has trouble communicating in his work now, and his wife is very concerned that he will have permanent hearing loss. Kong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 8th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Kong said, "I hope that my ear can heal well after this surgery and that I can have an easy time going back to work. I do not want my family to worry too much."
Sharon is a shy eighth grade student from Kenya. Sharon was born and raised in a village in the highlands of Elgeyo Marakwet County. Sharon is the firstborn child in a family of five. She is partially orphaned after her mother died due to a short illness. Sharon was raised by her aunt as they shared that her father is unable to provide for them due to poverty and alcoholism. Her aunt is a farmer depending mostly on maize farming as their main source of income. Being the firstborn child and the only girl, her roles have been defined at an early age. She took care of her siblings when her father could not. Her aunt says that she plays the role of the mother because she acts so maturely and responsible. On Friday September 25th, Sharon sustained a severe injury to her right lower limb after she fell from a high place while she was carrying firewood on her back. She is in pain and is not able to walk on her own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 30th, Sharon will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Sharon says, “I want to receive treatment to walk again so that I can continue helping my aunt and go to school when it resumes.”
Phearum is a 36-year-old man from Cambodia. He has one son and three daughters. When he is not busy helping around at home he enjoys exercising, reading books, and listening to music on the radio. His family runs a laundry business from their home. In 2008, Phearum was in a motor accident that caused a fracture on his left humerus. He went to a local hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fractured humerus. After a long recovery time, the bone healed. The remaining hardware prevents him from having full function of his arm. It is hard for him to move his shoulder in any direction and makes working for his family difficult. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 22nd, Phearum will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. With this procedure, he will be able to move his arm easily again. The surgery will remove the plate and screws in his arm that are no longer necessary. "I hope that I am able to use my arm better and then I will look for a job to support my family. My wife is worried for me to have another surgery but I believe the surgeon will help," Phearum said.