A lot has been happening around Under The Same Sun. I wanted to share three important events that I think will interest you. They really touch on the diversity of the work that supporters like you help UTSS to do.
One of our students, Emmanuel (now 14) is back in the United States to undergo further surgery. You will probably remember that when he was five years old he was attacked, losing his left hand, fingers from his right hand, and parts of his upper jaw. Earlier surgeries moved a toe to his hand to help him get more use from that hand. Last summer he received a functioning prosthetic re-fitted for his left arm. On this trip, Emmanuel underwent another surgery so that the toe on his right hand could act more like a thumb. The hope is that if successful, he will now be able to grasp things with his hand. This will make a huge difference to Emmanuel, as one of his favorite activities is painting and drawing!
Emmanuel is recovering well after his surgery, and enjoying New York despite having to wear a cast. “I like the weather because it is not too hot or too cold (yet!), and I like American food, especially pizza!” he says. Ester, our UTSS staff member who is accompanying Emmanuel, says that his English is really good and this is a great chance to practice it. Ester recalls, “I met Emma in 2013 at the first ever Summer Camp. It means a lot to me that I can stand by him and other kids with albinism to make sure they live their dreams.”