Mending Faces Makes Second Annual Trek to Philippines to Help Restore Hope to Children With Cleft Lip And Palate
DENVER, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Mending Faces, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope to children born with cleft lip and cleft palate, today announced it will be making its second annual trek to the Philippines to provide free surgical care to children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. More than 45 doctors, nurses, physicians assistants and outreach personnel volunteer their own time, transportation costs and expertise to travel for nine days halfway around the world to provide the needed surgery.
“Children born with these deformities are considered outcast in their communities and may be unable to go to school or work,” said Dr. Mimi Wong, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, “The reparative surgery that Mending Faces provides vastly improves the lives of each child by giving them the opportunity not only to become productive members of their society – with better self-esteem – but, more importantly, the ability to live a healthier life.”
According to Dr. Wong, the core team of physicians, nurses and assistants provide roughly 60-75 life-changing procedures annually. Besides the surgery, Mending Faces volunteers share their medical knowledge and expertise with local physicians and nurses in these communities, so they may cooperatively provide adequate medical/surgical care for these children in the future.
The organization also is planning ways to offer additional services, such as extended speech therapy, nutrition plans, hygiene education, ongoing educational support and a dental program for patients in the coming years.
Mending Faces relies on contributions of monetary or donations-in-kind from individuals, civic/church organizations, corporations and hospitals to support its patients and initiatives. To learn more or to make a donation, please visit (http://www.mendingfaces.org/).
About Mending Faces:
Mending Faces was founded in 2010 by a passionate, highly experienced group of medical professionals and others to make a life-changing difference for children born with facial deformities in the Philippines. A registered 501(c)(3) based in Denver, Colo., Mending Faces completed its first mission in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines in February 2011 where it changed 35 lives and performed 58 procedures for impoverished children born with cleft lip and cleft palate at no charge. To learn more, please visit (http://www.mendingfaces.org/).
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