Sep 9, 2011

Thanks to All Who Helped Us Exceed our Goal

We are grateful to all who gave so generously during our August Global Giving Challenge.  Thanks to you, we not only met our goal, we exceeded it.  When it was all over, we discovered that we ranked 18th in the total amount of funds raised.  A very respectable showing.

But, more importantly, the funds will go directly to helping support our next mission to La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua where children await the life-saving, life-altering surgery that our volunteer surgical teams bring.  The staff at La Mascota welcomes our collaboration with them, seeing the real impact that we bring to them and their ongoing work. 

In the next few months, while La Mascota undergoes some much-needed renovations to their operating areas, we will be sending training missions in specialized areas.  Doctors from Children's Hospital Colorado (formerly known as The Children's Hospital of Denver) whose specialties are echocardiography and sterilization will be conducting training at La Mascota.  Sessions will be attended by La Mascota medical personnel and students from the local medical university in Managua.

We applaud you for supporting our mission and the important work that we do in Nicaragua and soon in Haiti. Together with you, we are making a difference in the lives of needy children, as we seek to close the gap between health care available in the developed world and the health care which is so lacking in the poorer countries.

Thank you, again.  Your donation has made a difference.

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Aug 19, 2011

Reducing Child Mortality Rates in Central America

Glacy (Age 2) getting her echo test
Glacy (Age 2) getting her echo test

The leading cause of infant and child mortality in Nicaragua is heart-related.  That's why Surgeons of Hope chose Nicaragua and found an ill-equipped but stalwart staff at La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua where our program could be implemented.  Our surgical missions have cured more than 250 poor children and returned them to their villages and families.  Our surgical mission teams have partnered with La Mascota staff bringing them desperately needed equipment and supplies, along with professional training in modern surgical procedures.  We will soon begin construction on a new Pediatric Heart Center at La Mascota to that the progress will continue.  We are committed to narrowing the gap between medical care that is readily available in the U.S., and woefully deficient medical care in poor countries, right in our own hemisphere.

Only 3 pediatric heart surgeons serve all of Nicaragua.  Two of them are at La Mascota.  1,000 children's names are on a waiting list for heart surgery at La Mascota, a public hospital.  Some of the children become too weak to benefit from surgery, but their places are quickly taken by others.

At Surgeons of Hope, we knew that Global Giving would assist our efforts by providing a wider audience for our fundraising efforts, an ongoing activity.  You have already given generously, for which we remain grateful. 

We are hoping that you will help us to spread the word and get even more donations.  Please let your friends, family, and associates know about Surgeons of Hope and our Global Giving Challenge project. 

We will celebrate your efforts on our behalf.  Thank you. 

Little Glacy in Caring Arms
Little Glacy in Caring Arms

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