“Standing by good men and women. I’ve always said we don’t celebrate good people enough. We don’t make them feel the love, despite the lengths to which they go to make our world a better place. This time we’ll make an exception.”
Of the joys life has to offer few, if any, surpass that of being a parent. To have a child of your own. This is the joy George Hawi and Ludovica Hawi experienced on the 6th of July, 2019 when their bundle of joy was born. They named her Maria Hawi because like Mary she came with grace.
Their bundle of joy was born at 26 weeks and weighed 860 grams. She let out a weak cry and with this immediate resuscitation was needed. Afterwards, she got admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for cardiopulmonary support. During her first two days in the NICU she experienced electrolytes imbalance and metabolic acidosis. One month later, Maria was scheduled for a heart surgery.
On the 30th of August,2019 Maria had her heart surgery done. With the surgery came stability. Although she was still in NICU, her stability had improved. Three months later, Maria is now safely home and stable. How graceful!! As George and Ludovica went home with their baby, a huge bill was left in hospital.
At the beginning of Maria’s treatment, the doctors had estimated that the final bill would be 6 million ($60,000). As Maria left for home the bill had accumulated to 9 million shillings ($90,000). Having given everything he could for his daughter, George opened an M-Changa fundraiser account for Baby Maria’s medical fund. With unwavering support from 735 supporters around the globe, the family has been able to raise KES 3,435,405 of the final bill.
With KES 5, 564,000 to go, we must all come together to ensure that baby Maria lives a healthy life free of hospital bills. To join us in supporting Baby Maria, kindly send your contribution to PAY BILL: 891300 ACCOUNT NO: 34396. Let us all come together and be as generous as we can!
‘Geoffrey Ochieng is one of those super dedicated mentors who will adopt you for a lifetime. Years after he’s mentored students at Strathmore, years after he’s moved jobs, he continues to stay in touch with them. He continues to meet groups of them every Saturday to help them navigate the challenges young professionals face, to prepare them to take the leap of marriage, to become great young parents. I’m talking about continuing to mentor fifty people. He’s a mentor’s mentor. So now, when he does what every dad would do, when he throws everything he has into saving the life of his daughter Maria who is in hospital, we won’t let him stand alone. We’ll show him that everything he does is worthwhile, that his fight for his daughter is so much a reflection of the admirable person we know him to be. And we’ll help him and his wonderful wife Ludovica to lift this KES 9 million ($90,000) burden so that he can continue on his beautiful path. We stand by good men and women, and today we will show it.‘ – Vincent Ogutu on supporting George.
To start your own fundraiser, click on this link or dial *483*57# .
M-Changa is a Kenyan online and mobile fundraising platform that was launched in 2012 to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional harambee. To date, over 30,000 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 500,000 contributors.
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