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Waari ko de don!

Waari ko de don means “it’s a money thing.“ We are constantly struggling to treat and to keep children in the hospital because of the “money thing”, ie., we want to take our child home. We either don’t have enough money or we don’t want to invest our money in this child. That may sound cruel but before you judge, you have to walk in their shoes. Imagine you are struggling to survive. You can barely feed yourself, your wife, and your other five children. Now your sixth child is sick and your entire extended family who are also struggling to survive are asked to help. You “only” need $200 but that is more than 100 days of hard work (75% of the country survive on less than $2 per day). If you invest all you have in this one child, the rest of the family would suffer. At times one child has to be sacrificed for the good of the rest of the family... We are in a bind because if we tell them not to worry about it, soon everyone will be saying they don’t have money. We can’t not charge because then the hospital wouldn’t be able to pay salaries and buy needed supplies. So we asked them to pay the amount already due ($70) and told them that we will help with the rest ($90 for 2 skin grafts, head & hip). This newborn is malnourished and came with necrotic soft tissue infections (flesh eating gangrene). After a débridement and daily dressing changes, his wounds are clean and the infection is gone but he is too malnourished and thin for skin grafting. The mother has no breast milk so we are feeding him with formula that costs $7 for a small can. But thanks to your generous donations, we are able to help keep indigent funds available to all patients who truly can’t pay for their care. This amounts to 10% of the hospital‘s monthly budget or roughly $6000. The love and generosity we are able to show through these indigent funds is a powerful witness for Jesus. Thank you for making a difference!

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