Nicholas is a six-year-old boy from the Mpungu hills in the Ugandan countryside. He’s in first grade and likes going to school. He also enjoys playing with his friends and creating toys from old jerry cans and scrap wood.
His parents are subsistence famers, growing potatoes, beans, and cassava to feed their family. They work on a tea plantation for a small income. Unfortunately, the region has seen little rainfall the last two seasons, so crop yields have not been enough to support the family.
Nicholas has been living with a scrotal hernia for the last three years. At first, his mother Alice gave him herbs to heal the hernia, but they didn’t help. The hernia has expanded and become increasingly uncomfortable. The pain has become so intense that Nicholas can no longer walk to school or play with other children.
Nicholas’s parents can’t afford to pay for his surgery. Alice says, “I have spent all the savings we had in transport and seeking care from other clinics.”
On May 3, Nicholas will receive a hernia repair surgery at the Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to fund his treatment.
“I thank the donors for the support towards my son getting better and recovering from this pain,” says Alice.