Transforming Faces Transforming Children’s Lives

16 Filipino children from remote island brave 10 hour bus trip to receive Cleft Lip and Palate reconstructive surgery. Cleft lip and palate operations so easily transform a child’s life and future, but families from San Jose island in the Philippines have a particularly difficult time accessing this support. Ten hours round-trip away from the nearest hospital, even aid workers rarely visit due to rebel group activity.  Pauline Curtis-Smith, working on the ground, has been a real hero working with these families in a dangerous setting. In November we sponsored 12 children, and this month a further 16, bringing us …

New Medical Clinics and Ambulances, Mucojo

In Northern Mozambique almost 1 in 5 children were dying before they reached their 5th birthday due to water borne disease and lack of access to basic medical care. Since 2006, we have been working with 16 remote communities to improve health and education. As this blog is posted, a nurse, with midwifery training, is being recruited to live within the new medical centre in Guludo.  The excited community are poised to make the finishing touches by building a toilet block together next week for their newly resident medical expert. The building project is led by Abacar, who you can …

Nine Children Receive Life Transforming Operations

As you will remember from our December newsletter, all the operations funded by your generous donations at the 2012 Global Angel Awards have now taken place. £230 covered the cost of the hare lip and/or cleft palate surgery operation for Grace, Venus, Ulses, Jade, Blas, Jhean, Mark and Melchizedek (pictured below) as well as aftercare and medication. These children live in Guerrilla controlled areas that aid workers are unable to access. With the support of our Angels we were able to provide them with accommodation and transport for themselves and a guardian so that they could make this 10hour round …

Medic Training in Burma – Graduation

Medic Training A growing number of skilled volunteers from the UK have given up their time over the last 8 years to train medics, dentists and midwives with the skills needed to relieve suffering and to care for vulnerable people in isolated and high-risk areas. Responding to the overwhelming need, Dr Stephen Nash (founder of Hope4TheWorld) has been taking volunteer training teams of doctors, nurses and dentists into the jungle since 2002, believing that the best way to tackle the extreme lack of medical care was to train local recruits as medics. In 2011, we have supported 26 second level …

Stories From Mucojo

A young girl in the village, Chame Jogo, prematurely gave birth to a baby girl named Emma. Emma was so tiny that it was hard to believe she would survive long; the odds were very much stacked against her with the region having a 35% infant mortality rate. One of Nema’s trained health volunteers visited Chame, explaining to her how she could help her baby survive. Although they visited the clinic regularly, after six months Emma was still tiny and very weak. Through the Nema nutrition workshop, Chame became aware her baby was malnourished. She was shown how to make …