Thomas is 5 years old. In 2018, he became an orphan when he lost his mother who suffered from noma. Thomas is living with his grandmother for now, but without further support, she won't be able to provide for him. We visited Thomas and his grandmother in February of 2019 and had to transfer him to a local hospital, because he had to be treated for critical exanthema. He recovered well and is back with his grandmother. We hope to help enable Thomas to continue living with his relatives and are seeking a committed sponsor to partially cover costs alimentation, medical supplies (if needed), housing and tuition.
Tresor is 18 years old and suffered from Poliomyelitis as a kid. Today he lives on his own with three other boys in a small house in Goma. Tresor has graduated Ecole Secondaire (Secondary School) and is now attending university. His tuition fees are sponsored by our charity.
Affected by the disease are mostly children in the poorest countries of this world. This bacterial infection pertains especially children, whose immune systems are weakened by malnutrition, pre-existing illnesses and bad sanitary conditions. Noma destroys facial tissue and bones. Often, the children are hidden by their relatives fearing for embarrassment, ignorance and helplessness. According to the WHO, the number of Noma victims is 100,000 children per year. 80% of the infected die from consequences of the disease (e.g. sepsis, fever, neglect).
With improved nutrition, access to clean water and supply of antibiotics, the survival rate is nearly at 100%. “Help for Congo Kids e. V.” wants to educate about Noma in accessible villages within the
Democratic Republic of Congo.