African Mission Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the reach and quality of healthcare in Africa.
AMHF operates in 9 African countries. It supported care for over 80,000 people across the continent in 2012 alone. Treatments funded through AMHF are provided at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania, and MSM Medical Center in Ethiopia.
AMHF’s work has been noted for being rooted in values of sustainability, efficiency, accountability, and commitment to the poor. More information about AMHF can be found on its website.
Namnyaki is a 24-year-old woman who works as a housekeeper to support her family. Since birth, Namnyaki has had a large benign mass on her neck. The mass is painful, uncomfortable to the touch, and has been increasing in size. Namnyaki is worried about further discomfort from the enlarged mass. She sought treatment in the past, but these treatments were not successful in relieving her discomfort. On February 12, Namnyaki will undergo surgery to remove the entire mass from her neck. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $920 to fund the surgery. Namnyaki is excited to work without experiencing pain from the back of her neck. She says, "I hope that I will be able to live a life without worry. If this surgery is successful, I will be able to work harder in life."
Stephano is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. Stephano helps his parents run a small family farm for income. Two months ago, a mass started to grow on Stephano's face. The localized growth caused pain and soon made it difficult for him to speak and eat. Stephano eventually dropped out of school, as he was too embarrassed by the mass. Doctors at our medical partner's care center proposed to remove the mass, so Stephano can return to routine daily activities without frequent discomfort. Stephano says, "I hope that I can get better after this surgery because I have high hopes of returning to school and completing my studies." Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $920 to help fund surgery for Stephano. On February 12, he will undergo the surgery. He will feel significantly more comfortable thereafter.
Irene is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania and a member of a big family of eight. Her father works long days and nights as a security guard to help provide for his family. Irene’s mother stays at home to take care of her six children. Irene currently goes to a nearby government school and enjoys learning. At birth, Irene was diagnosed with a palatal tumor, a growth on the roof of her mouth. Throughout her life, it has continued to swell. Since the tumor is near to her front teeth, it is slowly pushing Irene’s teeth out of place. This makes it difficult for her to eat. Without treatment, the mass could continue to grow and impact her breathing as well. Because their family is so large and only has a small income, Irene’s parents need financial help for Irene’s treatment. Irene is scheduled to undergo a mass excision procedure on February 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is looking for $920 to pay for the surgery and hospital stay while Irene recovers. After the surgery, Irene will be able to eat normally. and her quality of her life will improve greatly. Her mother says, “I hope that after surgery that she will have no lasting damage and be able to live life happily.”
Zablon is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and two siblings. His mother is unmarried and stays at home to look after the children, while his grandmother works to support the family. Zablon was born with bilateral clubfeet, a condition in which both his feet are turned inward, making him unable to walk. On February 17, Zablon will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), to correct his feet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,160 in funds to cover the cost of his surgery, labs, and casts. “I wish to see my child walking normally, in order for him to attend school and be successful," says Zablon's mother. After recovery, Zablon will be able to walk and will become independently mobile!
Stanley is a 56-year-old casual laborer from Kenya. He is a loving family man with a wife and three children. On February 4, Stanley was working at a construction site when he fell from a building and sustained an ankle fracture. He was treated with a cast, but it has not proven successful. He has been recommended for open reduction internal fixation surgery, a procedure done to realign a fractured bone. Beginning on February 22, Stanley will receive care at our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $998 to cover the cost of Stanley's surgery and various medications, labs, and supplies. After surgery, Stanley is looking forward to going back to work so he can support his family!
Lemjini is a curious young boy from a pastoralist community in Tanzania. At only six years of age, he is the eldest of his two siblings. Lemjini is currently unable to attend school or assist his family with raising livestock due to an orthopedic condition. Lemjini has a condition known as genu valgus, or knock knees. This condition causes Lemjini's knees to angle inward while his lower legs angle outward. He was diagnosed at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Walking has become difficult and painful for Lemjini. If left untreated, his condition will continue to worsen. Doctors at ALMC have recommended corrective surgery to repair his legs and allow for normal growth and development. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 for his procedure on February 22. Lemjini says, “I pray for my legs to be straight, and to be able to walk like the rest my family.”
Kalkidan is a ten-year-old girl from Ethiopia. She has one older brother and wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Her favorite food is spaghetti. Kalkidan was born with birth defect called anorectal malformation that causes bowel dysfunction. Her mother, who single-handedly supports the family as a laborer, took Kalkidan to several different hospitals when she was a baby. She learned she would need to bring her daughter to a government hospital in Addis Abada to receive treatment, but she could not afford to do so. Ten years later, Kalkidan is still living with this condition, and her family still cannot afford the corrective operation. In January, she developed a bowel obstruction and had an emergency colostomy. “Because I couldn’t afford the transportation cost to come to Addis Ababa nine years ago, she is still suffering," Kalkidan's mother says. "I still can’t afford the medical bill and that frustrates me a lot.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a corrective surgery. Kalkidan is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre, on February 21.
Peter is a 46-year-old man who lives with his two children in central Kenya. He works as a musician, writing gospel songs and singing in churches in his village to raise money to support his family. On January 14, 2017, Peter was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the road. He sustained a fracture in his right femur and a cut on his forehead. He was taken to the hospital, where he was advised to undergo a surgical procedure to reposition and set the broken bone and enable faster healing. Peter could not afford the fee for the surgery. The little money that he earns as a musician is barely enough to take care of his family's basic needs. Peter came to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, for evaluation and treatment of his broken leg. He is now scheduled to undergo repair surgery on February 27. Peter needs help raising $998 to pay for surgery, X-rays, lab tests, physical therapy, medication, and surgical supplies. "My dream is to be able to produce music in a commercial way and uplift my family," shares Peter. "I, therefore, request Watsi to support me to be able to walk again."
Roy is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his mother in the suburbs of Nairobi. His mother runs a retail shop to support their family. A few weeks ago, Roy's mother noticed intermittent swelling in a sensitive area. She took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hydrocele, a buildup of fluid that causes the groin to swell. For treatment, Roy was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). On March 1, Roy will undergo surgery to repair the hydrocele. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $423 to cover the cost of his surgery and accompanying supplies and medications. “Roy's smile drives us to focus more on his wellbeing," says Roy's mother. "We appreciate any help we get for his treatment.”
Patrick is a 42-year-old father and construction worker from Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his two kids. This father is the sole provider for his household. His income is just barely sufficient to meet the family's needs. All three live together in a small shared rental room. Patrick worked as a construction worker until he was attacked on the night of February 25. He sustained several head fractures and is in need of a craniotomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to provide the much-needed procedure, which is scheduled for February 28. Given his stalled ability to work, Patrick and his family are not able to pay for treatment. "I want to be with my children. I wish to get well and continue providing for them," Patrick shares.
Mary is a 56-year-old farmer from Kenya. She lives with her husband on their ancestral land in a three-roomed house. Their six children have left home and live with their own families. About three years ago, Mary felt a lump on her right breast. She has since been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary has visited multiple hospitals in search of treatment with no success. Eventually, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, where a mastectomy has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to fund the procedure, scheduled for February 28. This surgery will prevent the cancer from spreading to other organs in her body. Mary says, “I want to be well with few health issues at my age. It’s my prayer to God."
Esther is a ten-year-old girl from Kenya. She lives in a children's rescue center and attends fourth grade. She wants to be a judge when she grows up. In 2013, Esther was burned with water. She was admitted to the hospital for seven months. After this, she was sent to live at the children's rescue center. Esther has been diagnosed with burn contractures on her left hand. These injuries resulted from the scalding water. She has limited mobility and cannot stretch her fingers properly, which restricts her ability to play and help with chores. “I want to be well, study, and be a judge to defend children," Esther says. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Esther's contracture release operation. This will be added to the $103 that the children's rescue center has been able to raise for her treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, on March 1. After surgery, she is expected to enjoy full functionality of her left hand.