Yobe is a 78-year-old retired Malawian farmer. He lives with his wife and large extended family. He is too old to work in the fields, so now spends his days making mats to sell in the village. When he has downtime, he likes to chat with his village friends. Since April 2017, Yobe has been experiencing the troubling and painful symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. He needs surgery, which will help him get back to a normal and healthy life. Yobe’s family were very upset that they cannot afford the operation necessary to treat Yobe. When the family arrived at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center, they were relieved to hear about the Watsi program. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Yobe’s prostate surgery. “I have no money to pay for my surgery. I thank you so much for the support,” says Yobe.
48-year-old Juana lives in rural Guatemala. Juana takes care of her three children and household while her husband works abroad. A recent pap smear revealed abnormal results, which is a possible indicator of cervical cancer. Juana now requires a more thorough diagnostic procedure called a colposcopy to examine the abnormal cells. The $218 procedure will be performed on August 1 and results will indicate if Juana needs further treatment. Juana shares with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, that she is looking forward getting back to her normal life and taking care of her children. She says, "Thank you so much for the help that you given me. I hope to God to be well."
Petronilla is a 52-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis. When she was 27 years old, Petronilla began to have pains in her hands and arms, so she consulted with a doctor at a local health center, who diagnosed her with arthritis. Since then, Petronilla's condition has worsened over time. Petronilla has severe pain and swelling in her joints and extremities every day. This pain prevents her from doing the things she enjoys and carrying out her daily activities, such as braiding her hair and washing her family’s clothing. Petronilla lives with her husband and five children in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Petronilla's first and most beloved profession was weaving and embroidering traditional indigenous women’s clothing. Because of the effects of arthritis, however, Petronilla has given up that work. She now owns a shop, where she and her daughter prepare and sell homemade tortillas. Though Petronilla’s arthritis continues to worsen, she and her family do not have the economic resources to purchase the medications that would help her. This treatment will provide Petronilla with the medications she needs to manage her arthritis. She will no longer have pain while completing her daily tasks. With her arthritis under control, she will be able to live her life without pain and continue to support her family and live happily. Petronilla says, “More than anything I want the pain to go away. I want to be able to wash clothing again, to weave and embroider again. I hope that this treatment will help me be able to do the things I love.” Our medical partner is requesting $629 to fund Petronilla's travel, lab testing, and medication. She is scheduled to begin treatment on August 7.
Bartola is a 55-year-old woman who lives with five of her seven children in rural Guatemala. She works as a housewife, cleaning and cooking. In her free time, she weaves traditional Mayan textiles and takes care of her family. Bartola needs pterygium correction surgery. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation due to a growth that covers the white part of the eye. Bartola’s eyesight has been worsening for many years now, and her eyes bother her on a daily basis. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Bartola is scheduled to receive her treatment on August 3. She needs help raising $1,487 to fund treatment. Treatment for Bartola’s condition is straightforward. First, she will consult with a trusted eye specialist, and then receive correctional surgery and follow-up. The change to Bartola’s eyesight will be immediate and vision-saving. Bartola will be able to do her favorite activities again, such as weaving and going to church.
Alonso is a 55-year-old man who lives with his wife and daughter in rural Guatemala. Years ago, Alonso's leg had to be clinically amputated after he experienced complications related to diabetes. Alonso's life changed drastically after he lost his leg, for he has difficulty walking and working. He now is in need of a prosthetic leg. Before his leg was amputated, Alonso worked in construction. Now, in order to keep supporting his family, Alonso works in agriculture in the local countryside. Alonso provides his family's only source of income, but he does not earn enough to cover the cost of a prosthetic leg. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Alonso is scheduled to receive his $1,166 prosthetic leg on August 8. Receiving a prosthetic leg will change Alonso's life. He hopes that receiving a prosthetic will allow him to find a different job so that he can support his wife and take care of their family better.
Vitalina is a 47-year-old widow who lives with one of her granddaughters in rural Guatemala. Years ago, Vitalina sustained an accident in which she fell into a steep ravine. She severely injured her leg, and it had to be amputated. Since then, Vitalina's life has changed drastically—she can no longer work, and completing everyday tasks is a challenge. Since she is unable to work, she is dependent upon her eldest son. Without a steady source of income, Vitalina cannot cover the cost of a prosthetic leg. Receiving a prosthetic leg will change Vitalina's life. She hopes that receiving a prosthetic will allow her to find a job so that she can support herself and her granddaughter. On August 9, Vitalina will be fitted for a prosthetic leg. Now she is requesting financial support to cover her $1,166 treatment costs. "I am grateful to enter this program and receive a prosthetic leg. I will work very hard doing my physical therapies so that I can do more things," shares Vitalina.
Shadreck is a farmer from Malawi. Shadreck works a small farm and also raises goats to supplement the family income. In his free time, he likes to chat with his friends. Since 2013, Shadreck has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. His hydrocele causes him great pain and prevents him from working properly. Fortunately, on September 19, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $302 to fund Shadreck's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Shadreck is very happy to finally get his hydrocele operation and is looking forward to going back to his farm and family He says, "Thank you for the support."
Solijala is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and extended family. Solijala also raises goats. In his free time, he likes to listen to the radio. Since August of 2017, Solijala has been experiencing pain and difficulty urinating. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Solijala's surgery. On September 19, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Solijala is very happy to be receiving care. He says, "Thank you for the support."
Meet two-year-old Gustavo. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and aunts and uncles in rural Guatemala. Gustavo loves eating vegetables and porridge. Gustavo has been diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition in which the testes remained undescended. Without surgery, Gustavo is at risk of developing a hernia, infertility, or testicular cancer. On September 6, Gustavo will undergo an orchidopexy surgery to correct his condition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,500 in donations to fund Gustavo's surgery and hospital stay. This amount will also cover travel and accommodation costs for his mother. "I have no doubt that Gustavo will feel better after his surgery. I thank you with my entire heart for all this help you have given us. May God bless you all," says Gustavo's mother.
Yazmin is a four-year-old girl from Guatemala. Yazmin has a younger brother who is three years old, and she loves to spend time with him and play as much as she is capable. Yazmin suffers from a range of health problems—she has been incapable of walking since she was born, she is mostly deaf, she has facial paralysis, and she has a heart murmur. When Yazmin was smaller her mother carried her everywhere on her back, but this has become more difficult difficult as Yazmin grows bigger. As a result, Yazmin needs a wheelchair to be able to move around easily. Watsi funding will provide a wheelchair that supports Yazmin’s head. Yazmin will be able to travel to doctor appointments more easily and participate in community life. Having a wheelchair will enable Yazmin’s family to travel outside of their home with less physical strain, which will enrich both Yazmin’s life and those of her family members. Yazmin says, “Thank you for this help to get me a wheelchair. It will help so that my Mom can rest a bit and so I can sit well.”
Alphatina is a 29-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the mother of two young children and loves to spend time with them. Before her accident, Alphatina traded in second hand clothing and potatoes in order to supplement her husband's income from his work as a carpenter. In July of 2016, a stove that Alphatina was using exploded, leaving her torso, hands, and neck badly burned. She was in the hospital for six weeks undergoing treatment. Alphatina's burns did heal, but formed scar tissue—called contractures—that restrict her movement. Doctors have recommended contracture release surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Alphatina's surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on March 14, 2018 at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. She is looking forward to having a full range of motion once again. "After this surgery," Alphatina says, "I would want to be healthy and continue bringing up my children together with my husband."
Jimu is a farmer from Malawi. Jimu lives with his wife, and they run a small farm. He also makes mats to sell to supplement the family income. In his free time, he likes to spend time playing with his grandchildren. Since May 2017, Jimu has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele makes working painful and difficult. Fortunately, on September 26, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $302 to fund Jimu's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Jimu is thrilled that he will get his operation. He says, "Thank you for this support."