Would you walk for three days to the pharmacy to pick up your medicine?
What if that medicine made the difference between your child going to school or being isolated from their community?
Nathaniel (not his real name) and his mother live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, three days' walk from Kagando in Uganda. Nathaniel has epilepsy and used to suffer from multiple daily fits. As a result, he and his mother were thrown out of their village. In many rural African regions, epilepsy is viewed with fear and suspicion as little is known about the condition. Hence children are shunned and often abandoned.
In 2014, when Nathaniel was 12 years old, he and his mother heard about Accomplish's new epilepsy clinics held in Kagando village. They decided to undertake the arduous journey across the Ugandan border, three days' walk each way.
At the epilepsy clinic, Nathaniel received treatment that stopped his seizures. This meant that he could start school. At last, he was able to make friends and play with other children.
Nathaniel and his mother made the long journey to Kagando every month to attend the clinic and obtain free medication. Then Nathaniel’s mother fell ill. She was nursed by other villagers, which would not have happened had John not be receiving treatment. But how was Nathaniel to make this long monthly journey? Bravely, he did it alone. By now, villagers en route were used to him and no longer frightened by him, so they helped.
Now Nathaniel’s treatment is stable so he makes this trip every other month. Not only has his life been transformed but also his mother’s too.
Will you make a donation to enable Nathaniel to continue receiving his medication and allow others like him to rejoin their communities and start school? £10 a month covers the cost of five children receiving epilepsy medication.