Giving Ugandan Children a Second Chance

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Giving Ugandan Children a Second Chance

Giving Ugandan Children a Second Chance

Mulambuzi Joshuah is not likely to forget his fifth birthday. He spent the day recovering from heart surgery that will allow him to attend school again in his village outside of Kampala, Uganda. ...
Child Saved by Clarence Rotary in 1996 Gives Thanks Today

Child Saved by Clarence Rotary in 1996 Gives Thanks Today

John Rydzik, President, PDG, in 1993-94, shared the following update on Zahir Khan, the first Gift if Life child saved in 1996: Thought you would like to see the wonderful letter a ...
Grace Agwaru: Being the First

Grace Agwaru: Being the First

By the time Grace Agwaru was four years old, the doctors had already informed her parents that she would not live to more than 16 years of age. She needed corrective open heart surgery, and her condit ...
Simon Sausande, 11 months, male, Zambia

Simon Sausande, 11 months, male, Zambia

This year  another child from Africa  namely Simon,  11 months, male from, Lusaka, Zambia underwent successful open heart surgery to cure his congenital heart diseases under ‘Gift of Life’ prog ...
A Host Family’s Story

A Host Family’s Story

Barbara Chicollo, Host for Marlon Johnson (10 months of age) from Jamaica, December 2008 My heart breaks every time I see a sick child, but even more so when I hear that they cannot get treatment f ...
Full Circle: A Child’s Story

Full Circle: A Child’s Story

My name is Brett Halvorson. I was born in South Korea as Lee Kil Woo. In 1983, I was brought over to the United States by President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and Harriet Hodges on Air Fo ...
Jonathan Olunga: Our 10,000th miracle

Jonathan Olunga: Our 10,000th miracle

Jonathan is the sixth born in a family of 7 children (3 boys and 4 girls). Born on 28th December 1995 he will be 12 years old this coming December. He is in 5th grade and attends Biotech primary schoo ...
Fathima Hafsa, 3.3 Years, Female, Sri Lanka

Fathima Hafsa, 3.3 Years, Female, Sri Lanka

There was yet another child from Sri Lanka namely Fathima Hafsa, 3.3 years, female, who came to Delhi for open heart surgery on 18 February 2014.  She was from a remote area – Kalmunai, in the east ...
Tenzin Yangzom, Female, 4 Years, Tibetan Government In Exile

Tenzin Yangzom, Female, 4 Years, Tibetan Government In Exile

Tenzin Yangzom, female, 4 years,  daughter of  Tashi Phuntsok  working for the Central Tibetan Administration,  Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama (Tibetan Government in Exile).   was another Interna ...
Ngozichukwu Leah Ogwude, 10 Months, Female, Nigeria

Ngozichukwu Leah Ogwude, 10 Months, Female, Nigeria

10 months old girl child Ngozichukwu Leah Ogwude  from  Magboro, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway,  Nigeria, escorted by her mother Funmilola Tinuolaji Fakehinde will  reach Delhi  for undergoing open hea ...
Simon From Zambia

Simon From Zambia

I first learned of Simon's condition in February 2013 while visiting on of our rural schools in Kafue, Zambia. His father was persistent in trying to help his baby.  However, Simon's life was declini ...
Gift Of Life Celebrates 10,000 Children Saved!

Gift Of Life Celebrates 10,000 Children Saved!

When 29-year old Robbie Donno came to his weekly Rotary meeting in the summer of 1975, he had a modest idea in mind to help save the life of a single child in Uganda. At that time, Robbie could not ha ...
Kezia Munir, 5 Years, Female, Lahore, Pakistan

Kezia Munir, 5 Years, Female, Lahore, Pakistan

Kezia Munir escorted by her parents Munir and Fauzia reached Delhi from Lahore (Pakistan) on 11 July 2014 by  Lahore-Delhi bus.  The child is undergoing evaluation at Escorts Hospital on 12 July 201 ...