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Can you help us fund an operation for Lydia?

Lydia needs an operation and ongoing medical treatment or she may lose the use of her leg.

Lydia experiences chronic pain due to her severe sickle cell anaemia which has affected her leg.  Your donation will help provide the operation and the ongoing medical care she needs.

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Can you help us fund an operation for Lydia?

We are trying to raise £2,500 for an operation and ongoing medical treatment for this lovely, hardworking 13-year-old girl called Lydia, who lives in abject poverty in western Kenya with her loving mum and siblings.  Sadly, Lydia's father died some years ago.

Our hearts went out to Lydia and her mum when we first heard about her. Life is hard enough living in abject poverty as a single orphan, but to have sickle cell anaemia really is tough. It causes Lydia episodes of pain and makes her more susceptible to illness, including the problem she has with her leg.

To make matters worse, Lydia's mum recently broke her leg and caught pneumonia at the same time, making it difficult to stay on top of her small crop-growing business.

She is doing very well but her illness does impede her, especially during the week-long episodes of pain.  With your prayers and support, we hope to ensure she has the operation she needs on her leg; and that she has access to medicines in the long run to make life more bearable for her.

You can help us change Lydia's life by giving to our appeal.

Lydia is part of our ‘Simba Scholars’ programme in the Nyamarambe region in western Kenya, which provides education funding and support for some of the area’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

Through the provision of scholarships, this excellent programme enables 70 extremely vulnerable children to break the poverty cycle by helping fund support for their education. It also impacts their families and wider communities.

About Sickle Cell Anaemia

Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of inherited health conditions that affect the red blood cells. The most serious type is called sickle cell anaemia. It is a serious and lifelong health condition, although treatment can help manage many of the symptoms.

Symptoms of sickle cell disease

  • Painful episodes called sickle cell crises, which can be very severe and last up to a week.
  • An increased risk of serious infections.
  • Tiredness and shortness of breath.
  • Some also experience other problems, such as delayed growth, strokes and lung problems.

Causes of sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is caused by a gene that affects how red blood cells develop. If both parents have the gene, there's a 1 in 4 chance of each child they have being born with sickle cell disease.

The child's parents often will not have sickle cell disease themselves and they're only carriers of the sickle cell trait. In Lydia’s case, both she and her mum have it.

Could you sponsor Lydia’s ongoing medical treatment?

Lydia’s ongoing treatment costs about £50 per month. If this is something you would like to consider sponsoring or contributing towards on a monthly basis, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

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