Atukunda is a small eatery owner from Uganda. She is a married mother to five children, with three sons and two daughters. Of her sons, one is a street vendor, one a hotel chef, and the youngest is still studying. Both of her daughters are married and are small scale farmers.
Atukunda studied and completed the seventh grade herself but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. She earns a living from her small hotel where she sells locally made foods and tea. Her husband collects garbage around town for a fee. They live in double roomed semi-permanent rental house. From the money they earn from their businesses that they pay rent and earn a small living to make ends meet.
Since two years ago, Atukunda has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, persistent headache, bleeding and and other troubling symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Atukunda’s surgery. On September 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Atukunda will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.
Atukunda says: “I hope that my condition will be healed once my surgery goes on well. I plan to resume with my hotel business after surgery.”