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.
Niwagaba is a two-year-old boy from Uganda. He lives with his mother and grandparents. His mother travels for extended periods of time between the cities of Mukongoro and Kampala for work, and his grandparents are farmers. Niwagaba likes playing ball with the other children in the village, and he enjoys talking to others. Niwagaba was born with bilateral inguinal hernias. Recently, the hernias have grown in size and now cause him pain. Niwagaba's grandmother walked five kilometers to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, to seek treatment. On March 1, Niwagaba will undergo bilateral pediatric hernia repair. His family has contributed $2 toward the cost of his care. Now, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $179 to fund this procedure. “It is with great gratitude that we say thank you for helping our grandson,” says Molly, Niwagaba's grandmother.
Pamera is a 38-year-old woman from Uganda. She lives with her husband, Bernard, and they both work as small farmers growing cassava, beans, maize, and vegetables. In addition to farming, they grow and sell tea to help support their children's education. Pamera enjoys attending church and teaching her children to pray. In her spare time, Pamera likes to listen to music on the radio. Pamera is pregnant and expecting her sixth child. Because of her age, the number of children she has had, and her previous C-section, her doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On April 29, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, and she will undergo a C-section if necessary. After birth, Pamera and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. After her delivery, Pamera is looking forward to nursing her baby and returning to work as a farmer. She would like to thank all her donors for their help.
Emmanuel is a "boda-boda" or motorcycle taxi driver in southwest Uganda. He and his wife, Naume, have four children. The eldest two are currently in school. Emmanuel also has a small food stall, where he sells roasted meats on weekends. Naume works as a subsistence farmer. While driving on a slope a few days ago, Emmanuel's brakes failed. He crashed, sustaining an open fracture to his left tibia that needs to be repaired. He is scheduled to undergo repair surgery on March 11. Emmanuel works hard to support his wife and children, but there is very little left over to pay hospital bills. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $358 to fund Emmanuel's treatment. He is also contributing $7. “I appreciate so much what the donors are doing for me," says Emmanuel. "I know it will take a while, but I look forward to my leg healing so I can continue working for my family.”
Rhoda is a wife and mother of three sons from southwestern Uganda. She and her husband, Gerald, are proud that all three of their sons are in school. When she is not farming or caring for her family, Rhoda enjoys listening to the news on the radio and participating in the local village savings and loan group. She also enjoys going to church on Sundays. Rhoda is now expecting her fourth child. Because her other children were delivered by C-section, Rhoda's doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. On March 15, she will undergo a C-section to ensure a safe birth. After birth, Rhoda and her new baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Gerald and Rhoda are small farmers who grow food on their own land. Their income is not enough to pay for the C-section. For this reason, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $258 to fund the surgery. “After I deliver, I will give great thanks to the donors," says Rhoda. "May God bless them.”
Wense is the youngest of three children. His mother, Christine, works hard as a subsistence farmer on her small plot of land to grow food to support her young family. As a single mother, it is difficult for Christine to earn enough money to send her older children to school. Christine's neighbor provided her with money to take Wense to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, for treatment. Wense has been diagnosed with severe pediatric malnutrition. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has scheduled Wense for a treatment program that is to begin on March 13. Wense will be given medication, milk, and micronutrient supplements. During this time, Wense will stay at Bwindi Community Hospital. The treatment program will cost $316. Your donation will help to support Wense's recovery. "I had heard that I could get help for my child at the hospital, so I am very grateful to God for the donors and my neighbor who have helped us get here," says Christine.
Rachel is a 17-year old woman from Uganda. She is pregnant with her first child. To support her five siblings, she works with her mother as a farmer, growing potatoes, cassava, and other crops for consumption. They also grow tea to sell. Rachel is carrying a high-risk pregnancy and needs hospital care to safely deliver her baby. Beginning on March 20, Rachel will be monitored at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $241 to cover the costs of her care. Rachel has contributed $4 toward her own treatment. After giving birth, Rachel looks forward to spending time with her friends and relatives, as well as getting back to work to support her family. She thanks the donors for their support.
David is a 58-year-old minister from Uganda who enjoys reading the Bible and preparing lessons to share. He works alongside his wife at the local congregation to support the family. Together, David and his wife have seven children. David first felt abdominal pain in 1978. He had chronic pain ever since and took pain medication for relief. Three years ago, physicians told David that he would need to have his inflamed appendix removed in order to avoid life-threatening complications associated with the appendix bursting. David could not afford the surgery so he once again elected to take pain medications. This year, the pain became increasingly difficult to bear. Luckily, David found help at a community hospital funded by The Kellermann Foundation, one of our medical partners. On March 15, David will undergo surgical removal of his appendix. The Kellermann Foundation is requesting $307 to help fund the surgery. After this procedure, David will feel better and be able to return to his favorite activities. David says, "I thank the people that are supporting Watsi, and most especially those donating towards my surgery. May God bless them abundantly.”
Charles is an 83-year-old man from Uganda who lives in a rural village. He and his wife, Molly, raised thirteen children. Charles currently lives with three grandchildren and works as a small farmer, growing bananas, potatoes, and cassava to feed his family. In his free time, Charles enjoys going to church and watching the news at his neighbor’s home in the evening. He also enjoys listening to the radio for announcements and other informative talks. Charles has a painful hernia, which has impaired his normal functioning and which needs surgical repair. Fortunately, on March 17, surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, will perform an unobstructed hernia repair for Charles. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 for Charles's treatment. This will pay for his surgery, medications, and five nights in the hospital. After his operation, Charles looks forward to continuing to work on his farm. His son, Godfrey, says, “We thank the donors for their support towards our father’s care. We do not have enough savings to help him get this surgery.”
Jovia is an 80-year-old woman from southwestern Uganda. She is a widow who has seven children and currently lives with four grandchildren. A former church minister, Jovia is now a small farmer who grows food for her family's consumption. She grows plantains, beans, cabbages, maize, cassava, potatoes, and other crops. When she is not farming, Jovia enjoys listening to the Sunday programs on the radio after church. She also enjoys listening to her grandchildren play at home and share their school experiences. She is an elder in her community, so many young women come to her for advice about family life and community issues. Jovia has had a lump in her left breast for approximately four years. It has been growing and causing her increasing pain. Her doctor has advised that it be removed. On March 17, Jovia will have a surgery at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, to excise the mass from her left breast. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $196. This will pay for Jovia's surgery, medications, and three nights in the hospital. Jovia is looking forward to going back home after her mass has been removed and continuing work on her farm. “Thank you to the donors for this help,” says Jovia.
Gift is a one-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest child in a family of five. Her siblings do not go to school because her parents are unable to pay for their tuition. Her parents are both small farmers who perform farm labor in the community to earn a living. During her free time, Gift's mother likes to weave mats, which she uses as bedding for her children. Gift has severe malnutrition accompanied with body wasting and diarrhea. She has had signs of malnutrition for the last month, but her parents could not take her to hospital because they did not have the money to pay for her health care. On March 17, Gift will begin receiving malnutrition treatment at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $316 for Gift's treatment. This will pay for various medications and vitamins, a nasogastric tube, therapeutic milk, ready-to-use therapeutic food, dextrose, and ten nights in the hospital. Gift's mother, Vastina, is looking forward to taking Gift back to the community upon her recovery. Vastina says, “I thank the donors for supporting my daughter's treatment costs that I could not afford to raise."
Meet Ashley, a 31-year-old mother of two children. She lives with her husband, Christopher, and their young children in rural Uganda. Ashley and Christopher work as small farmers to support their family. . Ashley is currently pregnant with her third child. She delivered her two other children by C-section. Ashley is scheduled to undergo another C-section to aid her delivery on March 20. Ashley is able to contribute $4 towards her surgery. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for another $258 to pay for the surgery and other costs associated with her hospital stay, medication, and antenatal care. Ashley is looking forward to the arrival of her new baby. She says, "I cannot thank the donors enough for their support."
Hadija is a 50-year-old mother of three from Uganda. Together with her husband, Sulait, she farms to grow food for consumption. For the past eight months, Hadija has experienced pain in her abdomen. After seeking treatment, she learned that she has gallstones. On March 15, Hadija will undergo laparotomy surgery to remove the gallstones. She will be treated at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $307 to cover the cost of Hadija's treatment. Hadija is contributing $4 towards her own care. “I am very grateful for the donors' support. May God bless you,” says Hadija.