UPDATE: THE GOAL FOR MARTIN'S SURGERY HAS BEEN MET. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Please read this entire post. I have been supporting an orphanage in Togo Africa for a few years now. I sponsor a child, Therese, however, the money is used for all the children. Recently, Jesddi Togo has partnered with our ministry, Trees by the Water, and is taking care of the children at the orphanage.
Our monies are also used to help the people in the village.
This is Martin. He needs immediate help. In Africa, the medical bill must be paid before people are treated. Please help if you can.
by Sharon Holst
Good morning. I’m here again explaining and advocating for this child, AFANOU Martin.
We (Jesddi Togo representing Trees by the Water, our nonprofit organization doing work in rural Togo) found Martin lying near death in his grandmother’s hut in the village of Alouenou, several months ago. He has a condition which makes his body very vulnerable and unable to fight infections.
His jaw on the right side has been infected for a long time, and he couldn’t eat properly nor open his mouth very far, and he had never received any medical treatment for it or the underlying condition. In short, he would have died had he not been found and taken to hospital for treatment.
His mother also has the same underlying condition which is likely how he got it. Both of them are now on medication to reduce the symptoms of the condition, although it can’t be cured.
JESDDI brought Martin to Lome, the capital city, a few weeks ago, on referral from their nearby hospital. Trees by the Water has been raising money for his medical treatment and the necessary living expenses for Martin, his mother and sister while they stay in Lome (which are just a few dollars a day, but we do need to raise that money too). He needs reconstructive surgery on his jaw, because as panoramic X-rays showed, a large portion of bone on the right side of his lower jaw no longer exists.
Trees by the Water International Ministries has raised $600.00 earlier in August which was sent to pay for the expected surgery. Upon receiving this money, Mr. Gilles (President of JESDDI Togo, our partner organization) saw the surgeon with Martin & family and went to buy the needed supplies from the pharmacy. In Togo, if you need surgery, you are prescribed the anesthesia and all supplies and you must go and buy them at a pharmacy and bring them with you to the hospital.
Unfortunately, when Mr. Gilles got to the pharmacy, he was told the cost of the surgical materials for mandibular reconstruction (a form of plastic surgery) is over $1,600.00 USD!! The surgeon at the hospital had not bothered to let him know this before!
We were shocked and saddened by this information because it is hard for us to raise that much money to support just one child’s medical needs.
JESDDI is holding a special day of prayer over this child and his needs today. His need is urgent. The doctor has told Mr. Gilles that the child is in a lot of pain continually.
We really want to help. I have spent time in prayer over this all week since learning of the need. It’s not easy to come back to people again and again for the same need. Yet, that’s the position I find myself in. Please pray with us that this need will be met!
If you can & want to donate, please let me know directly or go to www.treesbythewater.org and use the “Donate” button, choosing “Medical Needs” as your purpose of funds. You may write a note specifying “For Martin” but you don’t need to, as whatever comes in will be used for this purpose until the need is met. Thank you for caring….