Ariane Kirtley, AI’s founder and executive director, met Doubara, an orphan afflicted by facial gangrene or Noma, on her most recent visit to the Azawak. She shared his poignant story on Instagram and Facebook. Her followers wanted to help. Subsequently we set up a fundraising page in response to their requests.Over $5,000 has been raised, and funds continue to come in monthly. Ariane shares an update:
I’m writing to you with an update about Doubara. This young boy’s life has been transformed thanks to you and each and every person who has given a kind donation, the efforts of Amman Imman’s team on the ground, Doubara’s cousins, and Hope and David Johansson, who have taken him in as their own ever since he was released from the Noma clinic.
As you may know, Doubara was operated on over a month ago at the Noma clinic of Niamey. He stayed several weeks there, where he made friends with other children with Noma. These friends, with whom he could share so much, became special to him.
Doubara and his friends at the Noma clinic, before and after surgery
Doubara’s uncles, realizing that his condition would be challenging to take care of in the village, were relieved to know that a support network had been created for him in Niamey through their cousins and Hope and David.
As you can tell from the photos (courtesy of Hope and David, and our team member, Moctar), Doubara is recovering exceptionally well. He is learning words in French and English, and has discovered his talent as an artist. Like his father, a respected singer among the Wodaabe Fulani people, Doubara loves to sing. He even enjoys Nutella crepes although he no longer has teeth to chew! (Doubara lost most of his teeth due to the effects of Noma on his jaw. We cannot yet rebuild his mouth as he first has to undergo additional surgery to reset his jaw.)
Hope and David have enrolled Doubara in a summer school program. This is a huge, exciting leap for him! We all hope that he will begin attending school more permanently in the fall.
Remaining and additional funds will go toward paying for food, clothes, and other necessities for Doubara. They will also help pay for his schooling, trips to his village, and additional medical treatment. If you would like to continue to support him, click here.
Once again, we are deeply grateful for your tremendous support and compassion. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or to obtain additional information.
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