“I want to go to school like my brother,” says Elisifa, a shy six-year-old from Tanzania who likes to color pictures and play with Lego blocks. The youngest in the family, she lives with her parents and her one older brother.
“Elisifa’s gait has been affected due to the congenital deformity of the right foot,” reports our partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Elisifa walks by using the lateral aspect of her right foot, which will lead to an early development of osteoarthritis if not treated.”
Elisifa’s parents are small scale farmers who rely on seasonal income and need financial support to treat their daughter’s condition.
For $1,160, AMHF will be able to provide Elisifa with clubfoot surgery. With this treatment, “Elisifa will be able to walk properly allowing her to walk [a] long distance to school and her chances of developing early osteoarthritis will decrease.” With our help, Elisifa can grow up strong and healthy.