Local family sends medicine to children in third world countries

POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

FRANKLIN -- Children in third world countries die most often from preventable conditions such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

So we spoke to one local Brazos Valley family about how they plan to help put an end to this.

It all started with a vision, after reading an article about the five most common ways children die in third world countries.

Lucress Watson knew she wanted to make a change but passed away from cancer before that could happen.

Cindy Bishop, Watson's daughter, said, "She read it and loved what she read and said this is what we've got to do, we've got to help these children if we can. So that's when they retired and kind of sold out."

The Lucress and Dick Watson Children's Foundation sends medicine to eight different organizations, who then distribute those medicines to seven different countries.

Dick Watson, founder, said they send, "The worming medicine, the amoxicillin, the Tylenol type things for pain and of course others like tetracycline. basic essential medicines."

And since opening its doors almost nine years ago, the Watson family has been able to provide almost 300,000 children with simple basic medicines each year.

They aim to teach the local people how to treat and diagnose these conditions on a daily basis, like a health care promoter who taught one mother how to care for her sick baby.

"The mother was so proud and she said that mother taught every other mother. That mother taught every other mother in the village how to. They're proud, they want to take care of their children," said Bishop.

The foundation also sends around 45,000 seedling packets for families to plant every year, producing about 180 pounds of food.

One day Watson hopes to send medicine to millions of children every year.


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