Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Project Type: Health
Project Code: KSS0221
Background: Bright young Christine is the eldest of three children from a very humble background.
She excelled in her primary education and earned a coveted spot at the Starehe Girls' Centre in Nairobi. Through the help of her Chalice sponsor, she blazed through her high school studies and secured her entry to Kenyatta University, studying for a Bachelor of Education degree.
The health services at her university taught the young women to do self breast examinations, and upon doing so, Christine discovered an abnormal mass. She sought medical help, but the doctor did not think it was a malignant tumour and advised monitoring only. After six months, in November 2020, her doctor performed an ultrasound and saw that the lump had grown. He advised surgery as soon as possible.
Christine did not have the funds available to undergo the surgery. Her mother has chronic health conditions that require costly medication, and her two younger siblings are in high school, which is expensive in Kenya. The family is supporting these needs only on her father's minimal income as an agricultural worker. Christine's kind sponsor has continued to support her, but her sponsorship funds all go towards her tuition and living expenses. Christine wanted to do a fundraiser for her operation, but COVID restrictions prevented her.
As a result, the surgery was scheduled for November 2021, much too long for Christine to wait.
The Starehe Girls' Centre has requested $1,117.25 CAD to give Christine the funds to undergo the operation as soon as the hospital can get her in. The funds will cover her COVID screening and the hospital fees, as well as allow her to purchase all the medication, food, and after-care items she needs. The funds will also help her with transportation costs for follow-up appointments. The Chalice site staff will accompany Christine through this frightening time and be a resource to her through her recovery.
Funding Request: $1,117.25 CAD
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other critical need emergencies that may arise.