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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
How Your Medical Fund Donations Changed Karen's Life
Tatiana Petrovick

Jorge and Maria have a lot on their hands and are living extremely difficult lives here in Guatemala. Jorge works in construction and earns less than $5USD a day. Maria does domestic work in homes around Sololá and makes less than $2USD a day. They have three growing children to support on this meager income: Iliana, 12, Karen, 3, and Mario, who is just a year old. 

On top of their economic hardship, both Iliana and Karen have major health problems. Iliana was born with a bone irregularity that affects her torso, and Karen has epilepsy and needs regular medication to control her seizures. On top of these troubles, the family lost another child, David, to a brain hemorrhage when he was only 6 months old. Thankfully, the third child, Mario, has no health problems.

Luckily, the family was able to enjoy a Christmas Tamale Basket last year despite their various adversities

Karen’s epilepsy medication is very expensive and the family cannot afford it on their income with two other children to care for as well. Fortunately, money from the General Medical Fund has been used to pay for Karen’s medication for several months. This saves the family a lot of financial trouble and keeps Karen healthy. They would not be able to afford this without supporters like you who have generously donated to our fund. 

Karen receiving her medicine, thanks to donors like you

However, the General Medical Fund is quickly being depleted as we use it to help people in need, just like Karen and her family. With your help, we can continue to help Karen and provide her with the medicine that she needs. Please consider donating to the General Medical Fund today and potentially save lives. 

For additional questions regarding the use of our General Medical Funds, please contact



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