Imagine getting barely enough to eat on a good day, then having an intestinal worm suck the value out of your meager meal. That’s the reality for 400 million children. In many cases, these intestinal worms stunt the physical and mental development in boys and girls. They cause nausea and diarrhea. In severe cases, they kill.
For $44, you can cure 100 children of these worms. $44 a month cures 1,200 children in a year. That’s an amazing value! How else can you spend so little, and actually transform someone’s life in such a significant way?
Like most of the children in her slum neighborhood in Haiti, the climate doesn't bother Jolene — but the lack of sanitation does. Parasites entered through the soles of her feet. Worms living inside her likely began to siphon nutrients from the meager food she eats, and the pain it caused would send her screaming through her home each night.
Her family is poor, and her mom had no money for doctor visits or medicines. For Jolene, the treatment worked almost immediately. A worm five inches long was expelled within minutes of her first dose. Her mother said it was a "blessing." She knew, without the help of World Concern donors, her little Jolene might never have been released from this suffering. You can help 100 children like Jolene by donating $44 right now.
44¢. It's not even enough money to buy a soda. Yet for a child who grows up with unclean water and poor sanitation, World Concern's 44-Cent Cure brings better health and allows them to develop normally.
It's a tremendous value, to change a child's life for the change in your pocket. Deworming medicine, followed by a dose of vitamin A, can restore a child to health. Children quickly feel better. Their bodies will usually pass the worm or worms within a couple of days. Our next challenge is to prevent the worms from returning. Hygiene education helps immensely.
With an ongoing monthly gift, you can go beyond the initial cure and fund better sanitation and clean water supplies to boys and girls who need it most. It will help keep the worms away.
Children who are freed from worms are able to focus in school, and have a better chance to reach their potential.
More than 1/3 of the world's population suffers from worms, with the most intense infections in children and the poor. Infection can negatively impact all aspects of a child's development. Worms are often ingested as eggs through contaminated water. They grow in the intestines of their host and cause many problems:
World Concern is a Christian global relief and development agency whose supporters’ faith compels them to extend opportunity and hope to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty serving in Africa, Asia, and Haiti.
Learn more about us at www.worldconcern.org.