11-year-old Alemwaki is the oldest of her six siblings. She is the best student in her class in grade five. Alemwaki likes science and hopes to become a doctor. Both of her parents are peasants who have difficulty paying for their children’s education.
Alemwaki was born with a painful umbilical swelling. Over time, both the swelling and pain increased. One year ago, Alemwaki’s parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia and was advised to have surgery. At the time, she did not undergo surgery because her parents could not afford the procedure.
Without treatment, Alemwaki risked intestinal damage and blockage. “l have a stomachache, and sometimes I get nausea,” she said about her condition. Fortunately, on November 23, doctors repaired Alemwaki’s hernia. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure.
After recovery, Alemwaki hopes to return to school.