With a population of more than 43 million people, Kenya is one of the most populated sovereign nations in East Africa. Despite being one of the fastest developing countries in Africa, Kenya faces high rates of poverty among the population. Approximately half of its population live in poverty. With this panorama, the Government has not been able to provide health care to all its citizens and many of them die waiting to be treated in the doors of public hospitals or on the road, where many struggle to find transport to reach medical centers.
The hospital bills are high and beyond the reach of many Kenyans. Inequality is a big concern, especially in the capital city, Nairobi. The country lacks proper medical facilities and special care in many areas. Kenya struggles to provide access even to basic health care services and medical treatment, especially to those living in rural communities.
Shadrack Ole Sankale was born on the 21st of October in 2007. At the age of 6 years, Shadrack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), or cancer of the white blood cells. His father, a tall man who belongs to the Maasai people, holds a folder with him all the time, where he keeps the entire medical information. Through the eyes of a parent who knows his child may die, he says: “ we are alone, I am desperate and do not know what to do”.
The Maasai village is located in Olosokorte, in the Great Gift Valley, two hours West from Nairobi, close to the Tanzanian border. Access is very difficult, the communities can only be reached on foot or by 4×4 vehicles. Maasai communities do not have access to proper health centers, or basic services. The lack of water is a big concern. Children have to walk almost 3 hours to reach the school.
Now Shadrack has to undergo an Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), which is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells. The full treatment costs 40.000USD. The family belongs to the poorest people in the world and live on less than 2 us dollars per day. Despite that the community, friends and relatives have helped them with funds to cover for the initial treatment period, this is far from enough to secure Shadrack receives the full treatment he needs to survive.
In this context, we decided to launch this project to support this cause and raise funds to help Shadrack and his family.
A video and a documentary project made by photographer Andy VC shows the hard life that Shadrack is facing. ” The aim is to fundraise part of the treatment that the boy has to undergo. A State that does not provide a free health system, is a failed State. Health should not be a business. It is very hard to see a child dying because ” there is not money”. There is money, there is a lot of money! What we do not really have is solidarity. How can we allow this happening? When the State fails, we have the ethical responsibility to act, to protest and to help those in need ” says Andy VC.
If you know someone who can help in any way, please let this person know about this project. We can replace failed States, we can change lives and give another opportunity to Shadrack Ole Sankale.
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