Kereto is a student from Tanzania. He is the third born in a family of seven children. He helps his father look after their cattle. His parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers.
Kereto was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs are bowed outwards at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Kereto dropped out of school at the age of twelve because he had to walk a long distance to school and his condition was too painful.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Kereto. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Kereto’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.
Kereto’s father says, “My son has difficulty walking due to his condition. We tried to get him treated but the cost of the surgery was too high for us to afford. Please help us if you can.”