A Boy Fighting For His Life
We strive to always bring messages of hope to all of you, as that is why we exist as an organization. Our desire is for people to have hope even in their most difficult situations, no matter if its war or disaster. Today, I write you in a difficult situation that seems hopeless, but is the reality of why we do our work.
Kaseka is a 26 month old boy in our feeding program in Congo. He is struggling from severe malnutrition and has now taken a turn for the worse. He is suffering from a life-threatening mix of nutrient deficiency and brain swelling that has left him unable to move, and on the verge of death. We have lost three other children in the last two months to similar problems. This is the reality of the battles our staff face every day in a violent war that has taken the lives of medical staff just in the last few weeks.
We have brought together doctors in Congo, in Colorado and other medical staff around the world to consult on this child's sickness. We are currently in the process of trying to perform tests and treatments on him that have never been available in this area. We hold out hope that his body can recover. We do all of this because every life is valuable, and nothing will deter us from showing his mother that her child's life is worth it.
I am writing you to ask for your support and your prayers for this boy, his mother, our Congolese staff and all the others watching this situation. His life is equally valuable to ours and it really is a privilege to show this to him and his mother.
Thank you for your sacrificial support to these children! We are encouraged to say there are 58 children in this program that getting healthier and putting weight on that are very hopeful about their future!
Jaden McNeely- Executive Director, Operations