Helping Children Abroad
Most of our fundraising efforts support our medical missions to select sites in Latin America. For parents in these areas whose children are born with orofacial clefts, corrective surgery and follow-up care is out of reach, literally and financially. The cost of treatment is far beyond the means of most parents, and health insurance or sources of financial aid are scarce. Even if money were not an object, in most cases the necessary healthcare facilities and personnel to treat orofacial clefts simply don’t exist in these communities.
To mount these missions, we must purchase, maintain and replace a large inventory of medical supplies. Transporting what amount to a full surgical field hospital is an enormous and expensive undertaking. Then, too, we must provide transportation and housing for our U.S. volunteer medical and support staff.
Comprehensive treatment of orofacial cleft nearly always involves multiple surgeries, starting from shortly after birth, and often lasting into young adulthood. So we commit to making annual or semi-annual missions to the same locations for years on end.