Friday, May 25, 2012

Josefa, a single Mother of 10 in Guatemala

Hi Everyone,

Josefa is a single mother of 10 children. While her five eldest children are grown and have their own families to care for, she is still taking care of the five youngest.

Josefa has been through much grief in her life. She lost two children when they were babies as a result of fever and diarrhea and then she tragically lost her husband four years ago. She herself was never able to go to school to study and she now earns a living by back-strap weaving textiles and selling them on the street. 

Her youngest daughter, Juana, is five years old and was born with Down's Syndrome. After some breathing and heart problems, Josefa became worried and took her to the public health center. The doctor there told her that Juana has a heart murmur and needs further testing. Josefa wants to get further medical care for Juana and confirm the previous diagnosis with a private doctor, but she cannot afford it.

Josefa would like more than anything to take Juana to a private doctor. A consult costs $20. 

For more information on how to help Josefa take Juana to a private doctor, please visit:

Thank you!

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