The Kellermann Foundation provides hope and health in Uganda by supporting displaced and underserved populations in Uganda near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The Kellermann Foundation provides high-quality healthcare through Bwindi Community Hospital. Bwindi has been rated the best hospital in Uganda for the past four years, and has reached thousands of Uganda’s poorest and most isolated citizens through its outreach programs.
The Kellermann Foundation makes its financials public and is a GuideStar rated non-profit.
“May God bless the people that are donating to my hospital bills and care,” Jolly says. “Getting this surgery is giving me an opportunity to live again.” 62-year-old Jolly has been living with a cystocele, an uncomfortable gynecological condition. As a result, she has dealt with discomfort and pain for two years. This discomfort poses a challenge to Jolly’s work and social life in Uganda. She and her husband grow bananas and coffee and raise cattle to support their eight children and their grandchildren. However, manual labor is difficult for Jolly when she is in pain. Furthermore, she loves attending church, but being in public can be stressful because of her symptoms. In order to reduce her discomfort and to avoid further complications, Jolly underwent a hysterectomy on November 24. She raised $8 to pay for this procedure. With Watsi’s help, she hopes to raise $321 more to fully cover these expenses. Jolly hopes that after she is relieved of her pain, she will be able to comfortably farm and listen to sermons at church.
Meet Stephen, a 78-year-old farmer living in rural Uganda. In his free time, Stephen enjoys telling stories to his grandchildren. He loves to watch the youngsters play around the family compound, sing, and dance. Stephen’s grandchildren are orphaned, so he works to support them. To earn money, Stephen grows maize, beans, and coffee. Unfortunately, a recent medical problem affected Stephen’s ability to carry out manual labor. He had a femoral hernia. In other words, tissue from his bowel pushed through his stomach wall and into his upper leg. Over the past four years, the hernia grew acutely painful. On December 2, Stephen underwent hernia repair surgery in order to relieve his discomfort and to prevent possibly fatal complications. However, his financial resources are already stretched thin. He needs our help to raise $229 for his operation, tests, and five-day hospital stay. Stephen looks forward to returning home after recovery. “I thank the people that will be donating to my surgery,” he shares. “This will help reduce the pain, and once that is done, I can get back to helping my family and supporting my community.”
23-year-old Pamela is a mother from Uganda. She visited our medical partner when she was expecting her second baby with her husband. Her doctors recommended that she undergo a C-section. Pamela delivered her first baby through C-section. Her son is now three years old, and she enjoys watching him play. During her free time, Pamela likes chatting with other women in the community. Pamela and her husband are farmers who grow beans, corn, and pumpkins. They sell the surplus crops for an income. This income, however, does not allow them to save for medical expenses. On December 6, Pamela checked into the hospital to await delivery. $241 will cover the cost of a C-section for Pamela's second baby, as well as four antenatal visits, three nights in the hospital, and one postpartum visit. Pamela and her husband are co-paying $8 to help cover the costs. Pamela hopes to nurse her baby and eventually send the baby to school. “I wish many women would get the opportunity to benefit from the Watsi support," shares Pamela.
Gif is a 16-year-old girl from rural Uganda. She lives with her mother and siblings, and they earn their living through farm labor. They own a small piece of land. Gift helps her mother in their garden. During her free time, she enjoys visiting her friends and relatives. She hopes to learn to weave mats to sell in the market. Gift visited our medical partner when she was expecting her first child. Due to her age, she was considered a risky pregnancy. Her doctors suggested that she undergo an elective C-section. On December 6, Gift checked into the hospital to await delivery. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 in funding. Gift is co-paying $4. The money raised by Watsi donors will cover all medical costs, as well as prenatal and postnatal visits and three nights in the hospital. “I thank the donors for the support they are giving my daughter to have a safe birth," shares Gift's mother. "I pray for blessings upon the donors and all they do.” Gift is looking forward to raising her baby. Her ultimate dream is to start a small business that will support her family.
Marvious is a six-year-old girl from Uganda who has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Her diet does not provide her with sufficient nutrients and calories. Marvious is the oldest child of three. She was enrolled in school, but her symptoms have recently stopped her from attending. When she is feeling well, Marvious enjoys playing with other children in her community. Left untreated, malnutrition can lead to reduced growth and development. Fortunately, Marvious began malnutrition treatment on November 26. This treatment is provided by our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Marvious's parents, Ruth and Ben, work as farmers. They own a small piece of land, on which they grow food for the family. However, they cannot afford their daughter's treatment. Though they contributed $4, our medical partner is requesting another $316 in funding. Once Marvious has recovered, Ruth hopes to send her daughter back to school. "I wish to thank everyone that is contributing towards the care of my daughter," she says. "To have support from Watsi is a relief to me. May God bless the donors."
Susan is a 19-year-old young woman from Uganda. She visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was pregnant with her second child. Two years ago, Susan gave birth to her first child through C-section. This time, her doctors recommended that she undergo another C-section. Susan checked into the hospital on November 29 to await delivery. Susan lives with her family fifteen minutes from Bwindi. Her husband, Asa, is a farm laborer who picks tea leaves. Susan grows potatoes, beans, cassava, yams, and Irish potatoes to feed the family. They cannot afford her treatment, so they need help to raise $241. Suzan is looking forward to nursing her child. She also hopes to send her child to school. “I am very thankful to the donors for the great help towards my treatment," says Susan, "and I pray for their blessing in everything they do.”
Sharon is a mother from rural Uganda. She and her husband, Moses, have two sons. Sharon visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was pregnant with her third child. Sharon's two sons were both delivered via C-section. Because she was past term, her doctors decided to perform an elective C-section to deliver her new daughter. Sharon checked into the hospital on November 29 to await delivery. Sharon and Moses are small farmers who grow bananas, corn, and coffee. They also keep poultry and collect eggs. Sharon enjoys teaching her sons how to farm. During her free time, Sharon weaves tablecloths to sell to other members of her community. She told our medical partner that she planned to name her baby Ainembabazi, which means "God is gracious.” “I wish to thank the donors for the support they render to needy people," says Sharon. "Many mothers face challenges as a result of delivering at home. May God continue to bless you.”
Meet Mackline, a mother from Uganda. She visited our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was pregnant. Mackline's first child was delivered through C-section, so her doctors considered her second pregnancy to be risky. On November 27, she checked into the hospital to await delivery and undergo another C-section. Mackline and her husband, Michael, are subsistence farmers who grow maize, beans, millet, and sorghum. They feed their family and sell the surplus food for income. Their child is three years and will be enrolling in school next year. During her free time, Mackline likes to visit other women in her community and weave baskets to sell. Mackline is looking forward to raising her children and giving them an education. “I thank the people that are supporting me to have a safe delivery," says Mackline. "I was just waiting in the hostel and worried about the delivery. May God bless the donors."
Grace is a 19-year-old woman who lives with her parents and six siblings in Uganda. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music on the local radio station. Her parents are subsistence farmers who grow tea, bananas, beans, and millet for food. They sell the surplus for income to support their family. Grace visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was pregnant with her first child. Her doctors learned that she had oligohydramnios, a condition in which there is too little fluid in the amniotic sac. They considered her pregnancy high-risk, so they encouraged her to deliver at Bwindi. On November 11, Grace checked into the hospital to await delivery. Grace weaves mats and baskets for a living. She needs help to fund this $241 care. Grace told our medical partner that she was looking forward to raising her new baby and sending him or her to school. Grace says, “I thank the people who are supporting the needy to have a safe delivery.”
Robina is a 26-year-old woman from Uganda. She visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was expecting her third child. Because she delivered both of her first two children by C-section, her doctors decided that she needed to undergo a third C-section to ensure a safe delivery. On November 11, Robina checked into the hospital to await delivery. Robina and her husband, David, are both subsistence farmers who grow beans, bananas, and maize. They also work on other farms to earn money to support their two sons. However, they need help to raise $258 to fund Robina's care. Robina and David enjoy watching their two boys play happily. In her free time, Robina enjoys meeting with other women in the community to discuss important issues. Robina told our medical partner that she hoped her third child would be a daughter. “I want to thank the people supporting my delivery,” she says.
Linet is a two-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest of six children. Her parents, Richard and Sylivia, are subsistence farmers who grow maize, cassava, potatoes, millet, and sorghum. Recently, Linet was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Part of her intestine was protruding through the muscles around her naval. Linet enjoys playing with other girls in her community, making dolls out of banana fibers and sticks. However, the hernia caused her pain, discomfort, and loss of appetite. She no longer enjoyed playing with her friends. Fortunately, Linet's parents brought her to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. There, she underwent a hernia repair surgery on November 12. Linet's parents need help to pay for this $229 procedure. Sylivia hopes that her daughter will return to school soon. “Thank you very much for supporting my girl’s treatment, which I wouldn’t afford. I pray to the Lord to bless you!” she says.
Meet Gloria, a mother from a village in Uganda. She visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was expecting her second child. Because she delivered her first child by C-section, her doctors decided that she should undergo another C-section. On November 14, Gloria checked into the hospital to await delivery. Gloria works as a farmer with her husband, Wilber. They own their own land, but they also work on other farms. Wilber picks tea in the community to earn money to buy necessities, such as soap and salt. When she is not working, Gloria enjoys playing with her three-year-old son and watching him play with his friends in the community. Gloria has contributed $4 to her treatment costs. She needs help to raise an additional $241, which will fund antenatal and postpartum care, in addition to assistance while she is in labor. Gloria told our medical partner that she was looking forward to raising her new baby daughter and eventually sending her to school. “Thank you so much for the help with my safe delivery," she says. "It means we will not have to sell the little land we have for this service. God bless you."