Help Us Provide Medical Care to Impoverished Individuals

I would like to introduce you to Peter. He lives in Zambia and works hard as a farmer. But a dangerous infection and a medical crisis almost cost him his livelihood. 

Take a few seconds and look at Peter’s picture. Do you notice something unusual about him? From his cool clothes and the smile on his face, you probably wouldn’t guess that he has a prosthetic leg. And Bright Hope played a critical role in helping him get this successful treatment. 

Peter’s Medical Crisis

Back in 2008, Peter developed a small infection on the side of his foot. At first, he didn’t worry about it. But as the infection worsened, he sought out medical treatment. Unfortunately, the course of antibiotics he received from the doctor didn’t work. Within two months, the smell from the wound was so overpowering that when the doctor removed the lower half of his leg, Peter felt relieved. 

But for an active farmer like Peter, tending his crops on crutches took a physical toll. Peter sank into a deep depression for an entire decade. Most days, he would just sit under the mango tree in his front yard. Peter shared: “It was terrible. My wife and children had to provide for me.”  

Zambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Millions live on less than $2 per day, teetering on the brink of death due to malnourishment, lack of water, and other health crises. Often those who need good quality medical treatment, like Peter, struggle the most. 

Thankfully, for years Bright Hope has partnered with the CURE hospital in Lusaka to support reconstructive surgeries for the extreme poor in Zambia. We cover the cost of travel to and from the hospital in Lusaka for doctor’s appointments and surgery for the neediest people in our ministry areas. 

Bright Hope’s Intervention

In 2018, Ivor Mansa our Bright Hope Zambia Cure program manager found Peter and encouraged him to sign up for the prosthetics program. Eager to get back to farming, it only took Peter two weeks to get used to his new leg.  

Now, Peter is farming full time and providing for his family. Since walking long distances can be difficult for Peter, he saved up for a bicycle and uses it with no problems. He even hauls large loads of vegetables on his bike into Samfya to sell in the market.  

Without knowing Peter’s story, you would never guess that he has a disability. He feels so grateful for everyone who was involved in helping him get his life back on track. 

If you would like to help people like Peter, please click here to discover your next step.   

Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez

Malia loves serving as a Copywriter for Bright Hope, where she has the privilege to share how God is working among the vulnerable and caring for the extreme poor around the world. As a homeschool mom, Malia strives to develop in her kids compassionate, generous, and caring hearts. Malia and her husband, Matt, live in the Washington, DC area with their son and daughter.