A third chance for a boy whose life hangs by a thread!

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second largest country of Africa, full of paradoxes. On one hand, it is rich in natural resources (including cobalt, copper, coltan, crude oil, diamonds, gold); on the other hand, its inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. For decades, the DRC has been suffering from prolonged conflicts that have led to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world.

  • 15,6 million people – 18% of the population suffer from hunger
  • 3,4 million children under 5 years are acutely malnourished
  • 41,8% million children under 5 years are stunted
  • 63,2% of children below 5 years of age and 41% of women  15-49 years are anemic
In 2023, we have saved approximately


people from starvation
We take in at least


children a week in our nutrition center


The difference in appearance is striking, but Safari’s story is still being written. We gave him his first chance in early 2022, when he ended up in the nutrition centre on the brink of life and death. We fed him together in the moments when regular fighting by the Congolese army and rebellion was going on behind the walls of our hospital.

In July of the same year, you rescued him a second time – the probe through which he was being fed had clogged. The fighting made it impossible to get medical supplies. Long hours passed since Safari had last eaten and his weight immediately began to drop. Your support enabled us to get new probes to the hospital straight from Poland in no time.

Today Safari needs a helping hand for the third time – he requires special nutrition all the time. Due to huge problems with his digestive system, he cannot cope with digesting or swallowing most meals at all. We cannot give him bouillie – a nutritious gruel that is a staple of therapy for children in various stages of malnutrition. He also cannot cope with digesting vegetables and fruit.

Safari is still fed every 2.5-3 hours and the basis of his menu is pureed soups – usually with blanched egg. Sister Agnes makes sure that the child’s diet is balanced despite the probe. Maintaining his weight is extremely difficult, not least because the boy catches one infection after another. At times it feels like we are taking two steps forward and one step backwards, but there is progress all the time.

Every 100g of the boy’s weight is worth its weight in gold, as it brings him closer to the magic number of 15kg, when surgery will be possible. In the meantime, he is awaiting to be eligible for a gastroscopy, which should reveal the cause of the oesophageal stricture and other problems.

If PLN 15 is not too much for you, we appeal – donate to a day of nutrition for this brave boy. We are so close to the weight for a full recovery. Food is a basic need on which everything depends.

Urgent Help Needed

Save the Pharmacy for the Poorest in Togo

This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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We already have :
3,420 EUR
We need:
6,667 EUR