“We really hope that something can be done to help Joseph walk properly again,” Joseph’s parents tell us. “His condition is affecting him psychologically, and lately, he has been avoiding going out to play with his friends. We want him to be able to continue with his education.”
Meet Joseph, a quiet 13-year-old boy from Tanzania who has bilateral genus varus, or knocked knees. He used to love running and playing soccer, but now he involves himself more with indoor activities. “At first, he could walk without feeling any pain. Now, he often complains of pain in his knees,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.
Because walking long distances is difficult, Joseph’s parents had to move him to a nearby school. However, he only has two more years to complete his primary education. After that, they are worried, as there are no secondary schools close by for him to attend.
For only $940, we can pay for the surgery necessary to straighten Joseph’s lower limbs. Without our help, his parents, who are small-scale farmers with seasonal income, will not be able to cover the cost of corrective surgery. Let’s work together to ensure Joseph can go to school!