Japhet is a baby and the last born in a family of five children living in Ngorongoro, Tanzania. His father works as a livestock keeper and farmer, cultivating crops for sustenance while selling part of the harvested produce to meet household expenses. Meanwhile, Japhet’s mother fulfills the role of a homemaker, taking care of the children and managing house and family. Despite the father’s efforts to provide for the family, there are difficulties in affording education and healthcare for their children, leading to their reliance on traditional remedies for medical treatment.
Japhet was born with clubfoot, a condition where the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. This situation concerns his parents as they contemplate their child’s future. While attending church, they received information about visiting specialists organizing a clinic specifically for children with treatable disabilities.
Japhet’s mother was able to attend the clinic, feeling relieved upon hearing about potential treatment options. With the church’s assistance, transportation was arranged for them to travel to the hospital, and they arrived at our medical partner’s center, where they were warmly welcomed. After assessing Japhet, he was diagnosed with clubfoot, specifically in his left foot. He will undergo manipulation and casting to gradually correct the foot’s angle, followed by a tenotomy surgery to heal his condition.
Thankfully, on June 16th, skilled surgeons at our medical partner, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform clubfoot repair surgery. African Mission Healthcare is seeking $935 in funding to cover the costs associated with Japhet’s treatment. This procedure will significantly improve Japhet’s prospects for a better future.
Japhet’s mother says, “I hope my child will have the best treatment, and this treatment will make his future life better.”