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Tiny Catastrophes

Grace Garey by Grace Garey  •  posted 2 years ago in story

Simple injuries are a quiet epidemic in one of the world’s most impossible places. But Watsi donors are changing that.

Priyanka is smart. She arrived at her first day of school eager to write. But her hand was so disfigured from falling into a cooking fire that she couldn’t grip a pencil.

She was born in an impossible place.

Priyanka was born in Achham, Nepal, one of the world’s most impossible places to deliver healthcare. There was a simple surgery that could give her back the use of her hand. But it required 36 hours of travel and cost $840, nearly eight times her mother’s annual income. As a result, for eleven years, her burns went untreated.

Rewriting the future.

Possible, a healthcare organization in Nepal, shared Priyanka’s story on Watsi, a website that enables anyone to fund life-changing healthcare for people around the world. In three days, 24 donors funded her surgery. Now, Priyanka is back in school, rewriting her future with a healthy hand.


“My sole aim"

“My sole aim is to make sure my children get a good education,” Prem, a father of seven who had to stop working his construction job after he fell and injured his hand, says. “But this depends on my ability to work and provide for them.” Possible shared Prem’s story on Watsi, donors funded his healthcare, and today, Prem is back at work.


“He will lead a normal life”

Iman, an eleven-year-old sixth grader, tripped and fell on his outstretched hands while leaving a grocery store, breaking both of his wrists. Watsi donors raised $205 so Possible could provide casts on his forearms. “We would have needed to take a loan for this treatment,” Iman’s father says. “Now, he will lead a normal life.”

“Transforming the status quo”

“The status quo is to condemn a child with a completely fixable condition to being unable to go to school, to work, or to play,” Dr. Duncan Maru, Chief Programs Officer at Possible explains. “Together, we‘re building systems to transform that shocking and tragic reality.”

"A new form of human connection"

“Before, patients would come to our door and we wouldn’t have the ability to treat them,” Mark Arnoldy, Possible’s CEO, says. “Crowdfunding is remarkable because it produces a new form of human connection. It’s creating empathy across the widest barriers you could ever imagine.”

"No one is left behind"

As Possible’s Watsi coordinator, Bishal meets people everyday whose lives have been put on hold by simple, treatable injuries. He helps them share their stories with the world and raise the funds they need to pay for care. “Together, we make sure no one is left behind when it comes to quality healthcare,” he says.

"I didn't think it was possible"

“When this hospital opened, I didn’t think it was possible to be this successful,” says Urmila, one of Possible’s first nurses. Today, Possible has helped more than 218,000 patients access care through their durable healthcare system. “One day,” she aspires, “we will be one of the best hospitals in the world.”

Help turn tiny catastrophes into major possibilities: support a Possible patient!


Grace Garey

Connecting people. Watsi cofounder.