Beatrice is a quiet lady in her early 50’s who has been blessed with six children, now ages 14-27. She runs a small grocery at the marketplace to provide for her family. Beatrice's husband doesn’t have a stable job. He does casual jobs across the village such as clearing bushes to meet the needs of his family. Beatrice and her family live in a two-bedroom house constructed with mud. They depend mostly on their daily jobs for food and save a little to pay school fees for their children and bills at the end of the month. A week ago, Beatrice sustained a left arm injury after fainting. Beatrice was brought to Kapsowar Hospital and an X-Ray was done which confirmed a fracture to her left humerus. Beatrice shared that she has a history of fainting and subsequently falling. Beatrice is in pain and she is unable to attend to her normal day-to-day things now. Beatrice is concerned that she can’t cook for her family or run her grocery business due to her injury. Beatrice had a cast applied about a week ago and was discharged to go home to look for funds for her surgery. A week later, Beatrice returned to the hospital with no hope of raising funds for her surgery. Their family is unable to raise the required amount with their low wages only able to afford daily needs like meals and clothing. Fortunately, our medical partner can help. On September 7th, Beatrice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation procedure. Beatrice will no longer be in pain, she will be able to attend to her grocery business and take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $941 to fund this procedure. Beatrice says, “Life has never been the same since I broke my hand. I am worried about my children who need care every day. My hope is to get treated so that I can continue supporting my family.”
Ngoun is an 81-year-old retired driver with one son, four daughters, and 11 grandchildren. Ngoun and his wife live with their son. He enjoys listening to the news on TV and to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Ngoun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him pain, blurry vision, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ngoun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour with his son seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Ngoun shared, "I hope after my surgery my eye can see better so I can go outside on my own to join ceremonies at the pagoda and also help my wife with our housework."
Uon is a 73-year-old mother of six. She has one daughter, five sons, and many grandchildren. Uon used to be a farmer but now she stays at home and is unable to work due to her age and vision. Uon enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Uon 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 Uon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, 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. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Uon shares, "I hope I can see better after my surgery so I can plant some crops around my house to support my family."
Deth is a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives in the Kampong Cham province with his wife and two children. His wife works on a farm alongside him, while his children are both in primary school. They also have another son who recently became a monk. Deth works seasonally, and when he is not working he likes to spend a lot of time playing soccer, growing vegetables, and watching movies. One year ago, Deth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Deth experiences hearing loss, pain and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others. Deth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 17th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations and relieve Deth's pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and in-patient care. Deth said, "I am hopeful that my ear will get better soon, so I can work in peace and enjoy talking to my family."
Baris is a 24-year-old casino card dealer. He is single and has four brothers, and his parents are grocery sellers. Since the casino he worked at closed due to the pandemic, he has not been able to find another job. A year ago, Baris developed a pterygium in his left eye causing him poor vision, itchiness, tearing, and irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Baris learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, Baris will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Baris shared, "I hope after surgery, I won't have problems with my eye. I want to find a job without being ashamed of my eye."
Meshack is a young baby and the third born in a family of three children. His mother sells groceries in a local market and his father is a mechanic. His parents work hard to earn a humble income, just enough to provide for the family. Meshack was born a healthy and happy baby. However, a few days later, his mother noticed that he was not passing urine properly. His parents took him to a nearby hospital for examination where he was diagnosed with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. The doctor referred Meshack to visit BethanyKids Hospital once he turned 7 months old. Once they visited the hospital, he was scheduled to undergo a hypospadias repair surgery. Fortunately, Meshack is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Meshack’s mother shared, “It is hard for us to even think of raising any money as we cannot afford it, please help us. Thank you for your support.”
Chhan is a rice farmer with one son and four daughters who are all married and live and farm nearby. He spends much of his time visiting his children's families and bringing small gifts to his grandchildren. Chhan also likes to listen to the news and the prayers on the radio. Six years ago, Chhan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going placed independently. When Chhan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 2nd, 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, CSC is requesting $229 to fund procedure. Chhan shares, "When my sight is better, I will be excited to do my daily work again, to take care of my wife, and see all my grandchildren."
Zubedah is a 45-year-old housewife and a mother of two children, including a boy and a girl who are both in primary school. After completing high school, she unfortunately did not have the funding to continue her education. She got married and during her free time, she likes to weave doormats that she sells. Her husband operates a taxi business, however, his business has been hurt by the COVID pandemic. For three years, Zubedah has been experiencing vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain and backaches. She was treated for a urinary tract infection, but the symptoms persisted. She was examined at a local hospital and diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Zubedah's surgery. On August 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Zubedah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Zubedah shared, “Pain could at times come at night where I have no one to help me till morning. I hope all will be well after the surgery and I will resume normal health.”
Sochan is a 36-year-old delivery driver. However, for six months, Sochan has not been able to work at the transportation company because of his poor vision due to a cataract. In Sochan's free time, he enjoys feeding fish and playing football with his friends. He is married, and his wife is a garment worker. One year ago, Sochan developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sochan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On July 16th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and a lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sochan shares what this surgery means for him, "I hope I can see clearly again after surgery. I want to drive well so I can go back to work and earn money for my family."
Ol is a 41-year-old rice farmer who, along with his wife, has three daughters, all of whom are in school. They work together on their farm, but he has been working less than past seasons due to his sight. When he is not working, Ol likes to watch boxing matches and play with his grandchildren. Two years ago, Ol developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 2nd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Ol shares his plans post-recovery, "I hope that I can work well when my eyesight gets better, so I can start another vegetable garden and grow food for my grandchildren."
Kabatereine is a 66-year-old father of twelve children. After painfully losing his first two wives, he currently lives with his third wife and several of his children, trading goats to support his family. Four years ago, Kabatereine developed a painless mass on his back. Though he had originally hoped that the lump will shrink on its own, it did not and has recently started to cause pain and discomfort. Due to worries of the increasing abnormal growth of the tissue mass, he visited Rushoroza Hospital, which is a care center of our medical partner, African Mission Health (AMH). Doctors recommended a mass excision, which will occur on June 10th at Rushoroza Hospital. AMH is requesting $145 to fund this procedure for Kabatereine's treatment. Kabatereine says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume my usual business of buying and selling goats to be able to support my family.”
Moreen is a 13-year-old student and the youngest in her family. She is in class seven and is a brilliant young student! Her mother is a farmworker and her father cooks in a nearby secondary school. All her siblings left school early and work in similar jobs. The family lives in a three-room semi-permanent house. For two years, Moreen has had an epigastric hernia. The hernia causes her pain and swelling near her lower abdomen and with time, the pain has become severe. Due to the recent pains, she was brought to Rushoroza Hospital for the first time. She requires a hernia repair, otherwise she could suffer from hernia strangulation. Her parents are not able to raise the funds needed and are asking for help. Fortunately, on August 6th, Moreen will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $170 to fund Moreen's surgery. This procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Moreen's mother says, “I hope to see my daughter well and in her normal condition again. She is very much disturbed and has pain all the time, to the extent that she may not return to school in the current condition. Given treatment, she will resume school comfortably.”