Organized by: Alexandra Vittetoe
Alexandra Vittetoe via Crowdrise
May 12, 2015
Alix Vittetoe and Lucy LaBrasseur work in a remote village in Tanzania, Africa, where they encounter many heartbreaking stories. Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking is little Kwangu, a six-year-old child whose family attends their church. In October her mother ran off to live with a new man, abandoning Kwangu to the care of her aunt and uncle. She developed a tumor on her right side which continued to grow to an alarming size. Her aunt brought her to Alix and Lucy to ask for help and prayers. At that time the tumor was about the size of a football. Both the girls prayed for Kwangu and then took her to the nearest hospital. The doctors said that they wouldn't be able to help Kwangu there and sent her on to a larger hospital several hours away. The diagnosis was not good. Surgery was out of the question. The tumor was too large and the girl too small. She probably wouldn't survive. Instead they gave her pills to take in the hopes that this would reduce the size of the tumor.
Since then Alix and Lucy heard very little about Kwangu and didn't see her.
Recently they discovered heart-wrenching news. Kwangu's aunt and uncle had been selling their livestock (a hugely valuable commodity in that area) one-by-one to pay for the high expenses of the medication and travel to the large hospital for treatment. In January their resources ran dry and poor Kwangu was forced to go without the medication she desperately needed. Since then the tumor has continued to grow and the rest of her has wasted away. Currently the tumor is larger than a basketball.
Unless the funds are provided and the prayers lifted, Kwangu will not survive much longer.
Both Lucy and Alix hurt for this precious baby girl. Kwangu is incredibly sweet and long-suffering. We cannot imagine what must be going through her mind as she sorts through the emotional pain of being left by her mother and the physical pain of this condition.
This fundraiser is EXCLUSIVELY for Kwangu and her family: to raise funds to get her to a hospital where a more thorough diagnosis can be made, to replenish her family with the resources they sacrificed for her sake, and to pay for any treatment that she needs.
It may not seem like much, but $2500 will not only cover the cost of her treatment for at least a year, but also travel and food expenses for her and her aunt.
We also hope to raise prayer support, knowing that God can touch her little body and expedite the healing process. We believe that God can open the eyes of the doctors to know exactly what is wrong and how to treat it. We trust in His divine provision for this family and for His plan for Kwangu's future.
In Swahili, Kwangu's name means, "Mine." We believe that she is in God's hands, and that He looks down on her and calls her, "Mine."
Please pray, donate, and share. And don't forget to #PrayforMine