We are three friends that you may have discovered through our previous campaign to provide an adapted wheelchair to Monica. Due to extreme poverty and lack of medical care, this 56 years old South Sudanese had to crawl on all fours every day from her village to the nearest city to beg. 6 months had past and ever since your overwhelming donations and words of love and support, Monica has gained back her mobility and confidence as she joined a tailoring workshop that provides her a regular income.
Realising what amazing things we are capable of doing together to empower someone in needs, we couldn’t but try to help Aarya (12), Safan (13), Hope (5), Abdul (10) and Aamira (8). Indeed, during our volunteering work in South Sudan, our guide and now friend, Mahmood introduced us to them. As part of his fight for the reintegration of child soldiers as well as providing access to education to all, Mahmood often visited them to teach them.
We were immediately moved by each of their stories as they echo with Monica’s background. Indeed, like her, they also suffer from leg deformities which prevent them to stand on their two feet and walk properly without feeling uneasiness even on short distance. More than impacting their physical state, their disability prevents them of living a healthy childhood. From their community to even family members, they are sadly regarded as “outcast” and “useless”. This constant rejection deprives them from interacting with other children and experiencing life like all children should.
Therefore, learning that a surgical intervention abroad could prevent them to face extreme complications in the future that could go as far as amputations we knew that we had to do something for Aarya, Abdul, Safan, Hope and Aamira. Thus, after hours of persuasion to get their parent’s consent who are still reluctant to send their children abroad for such heavy surgery , we decided to create this campaign to finance those life-changing surgeries.
Those surgical interventions are major steps in our fight to give back to this youth their right to education. Indeed, access to education being already extremely difficult as the nearest school is 40 mins away from their village, those operations will provide them the independence and mobility they need to fulfill their dreams. They wouldn't have to wait for Mahmood's monthly visits to have access to educational programs.
Throughout our 14 months staying in the region, we regularly visit them in order to get to know them a little more and we couldn't but noticed the strong bond between them and how cheerful they are. We wanted to share with you their aspirations in life --:
Aarya (12) "My dream is to be a doctor so I will go to university."
Abdul (10) "I want to play soccer with the other boys and score many goals. I already know how to juggle. I will run so fast. I know I will. "
Safan (13) "I want to go to school and help my father when he goes to the market. Then I will be an engineer and travel. I want to start kickboxing like my older brother
Hope (5) "Swim and play soccer."
Aamira (8) "I want to go to the river with [my] Mama. I want to go to school with my friends "
The doctors all agreed that the quicker the surgery is done the fewer risk the children face. If we all stick together Safan, Aamira, Abdul, Hope and Aarya could even be able to experience their first back to school season in September 2019.
- Details of our financial goal :
After months of exchanges with American specialist surgeons we have been giving a cost estimation for each of them:
Aarya, Safan, Aamira and Abdul need immediate surgery before the end of their puberty in order to prevent the consolidation of their bones.
Due to the complications of those surgery each cost £140.250 ( each include £90,000 for the surgery + post-operation care and £50.250 hospital fees medications, re-education ).
Concerning Hope, being diagnosed at a younger age, the paediatric orthopaedic thinks a two-step surgery is the better option to straighten the bone and secure the stability of his growing bones. £195 000 (for the same services that was previously listed)
All of those interventions will progressively correct the growth of their bones and straighten their legs allowing them for the first time to stand straight on both feet, walk and even run.
They will all follow a 6 months recovery programs including 5 days a week meeting with a physiotherapist and physical therapy to ensure that the bone heals and the muscles strength is not weakened.
We would have love too raise 800 000£ to be sure to have the sum enough for all the extra cost and if there is secondary surgery, complications but realising that gathering this much of money in such a short period of time will be very difficult we are going to try thanks to all the donations outside of this campaign to take in charge their travelling cost and daily expenses -foods, apartments, clothes etc- (as we are going to stay with them during the 6 months mandatory recovery)
**The whole journey of the children will be filme firstly for the parents but also to share it with you. Indeed, in order to illustrate what your actions lead to, you will be able to witness the children first steps and we hope to be able to also film them on their daily activities (sport,class, etc)
Thank you for following and supporting us on this rollercoaster. We will fight untill the end.
We are currently trying to find a sponsor to gather the sum as soon as possible for the children.