February 6, 2019 - Dorcas has been discharged from the hospital and is traveling home with her mother.
February 2, 2019 - Dorcas's heartbeat has improved and she has transitioned to the high dependency unit (HDU).
January 28, 2019 - Dorcas's surgery took nearly 11 hours. When her mother saw her after surgery, she wept tears of joy.
Dorcas requires heart-surgery to survive and thrive. After months of preparation, Dorcas has been admitted and is ready for surgery. Please pray for Dorcas, her family, and the doctors and nurses who will be caring for her.
Under Five has been working with Dorcas since August 2017. Dorcas was referred to Under Five by her pastor. Dorcas suffered from an abdominal complication and congenital heart disease. Through Under Five, Dorcas underwent a successful surgery to correct her abdominal complication.
In the developing word, hundreds of thousands of children die each year from congenital heart disease, while millions more remain in desperate need of treatment. Dorcas has been on a long and painful journey. She has a supportive family and community, who have tried to raise the funds necessary to support her treatment. Ultimately, the costs for further treatment went far beyond what they could raise.
On several occasions, Dorcas and her mother have traveled long distances to medical appointments from their rural home. They have sat in hospital waiting rooms, day after day, due to a shortage of pediatric cardiologists in Kenya. Many times, surgery in-country seemed out of reach. We rejoice that persistence has paid off, and Dorcas will receive the surgery she needs.
Questions & Answers
Can you tell me more about your organization?
Faith Aid moves mountains for vulnerable children in Africa. Our organization is founded on Christ’s promise, that “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move” (Matthew 17:20). Our vision is a world where no child dies from treatable conditions.
What is Under Five?
Under Five saves the lives of African children suffering from preventable or treatable conditions. Across Kenya, community health workers, pastors, churches, hospitals, and organizations refer the most desperate children and families to Under Five.
What does the “Under Five” name mean?
Across the world, the under-five mortality rate measures the probability of dying between birth and 5 years of age. While much progress has been made globally to reduce under-five mortality rates, the highest rates of child mortality are still in Sub-Saharan Africa where 1 in 9 children dies before age five. Children under five are among the most vulnerable and voiceless in society. Under Five focuses on child survival and treatment for African children 5 years of age and younger.
How does Under Five help suffering children and their families?
Under Five supports suffering children and their families with access to medical care and treatment. We have a network of in-country high-quality healthcare providers. Once an at-risk child is identified and accepted into the program, Under Five help children overcome common barriers that prevent them from accessing medical care. Under Five provides support identifying the appropriate medical provider, scheduling surgeries and appointments, transporting children to hospitals and clinics, educating parents on their role in treatment and recovery, and so much more.
Is your team on the ground in Kenya?
Yes. Under Five has an experienced team in Kenya. Our team identifies, investigates, and builds a personal relationship with all children and families we serve.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Faith Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to extent permitted by law.
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Absolutely! Please send donations to Faith Aid, P.O. Box 4326, Ashburn, VA 20148. Checks should be made payable to “Faith Aid.”
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