Provide Clubfoot Treatment to 40 Liberian Children

Dec 6, 2012

The Story of Jata

Jatu and her family
Jatu and her family

Here is a family photo of little Jatu with her mother, Kema, her twin sister, and her brother Amos.  Jatu and her twin are 1 year and 7 months.  Her twin sister does not have clubfoot. They are the youngest of 5 children.

 Jatu’s mother Kema is blind.  Understanding the difficulties of persons with disabilities in Liberia, Kema worried that her daughter’s clubfoot would prevent her going to school, getting married, and having a full life. She learned that clubfoot treatment was available, she knew she must bring her, Jatu.  Kema does not go anywhere without her eight-year-old son Amos. Kema carries the twins, while Amos guides his mother by holding her skirt.

 Kema, the twins, and Amos walked 3 hours on the main road to reach C.B. Dunbar clinic in Gbarnga, Bong County.  Here, the FACORC clubfoot team along with nurses and a doctor from C.B. Dunbar casted the clubfoot children, including little Jatu.  “People said that my daughter will not walk because her twin sister sat on top of her in my womb,”  Kema told the Ponseti practitioners.  “I am happy for this program.”

 With the continued generosity of the GlobalGiving community, we have reached 85 children in Liberia.  To continue treating children like Jatu, please consider donating this holiday season.

Jatu and her twin sister
Jatu and her twin sister

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Carborro, North Carolina, United States

Project Leader

Janeen Gingrich

Director of Fundraising
Carrboro, NC United States

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