Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador

by Global Smile Foundation
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Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador
Healthy lives for children with cleft in Ecuador

Summary

Our volunteer team will be in Ecuador in March 2023 to provide free care for patients living with the tremendous burden of untreated cleft including social stigma, poor health, malnutrition, & poverty. Cleft surgery is the first step for our patients to have healthy lives & access education, employment, & financial stability. Funds will help provide medicines, surgical care, & COVID-19 testing for 5 of the 50 patients scheduled for the trip. Every dollar donated will make a difference!

$7,500
total goal
$6,466
remaining
16
donors
1
monthly donor
1
year

Challenge

Cleft is one of the most common birth defects in the world, but in resource-limited areas of Ecuador children born with cleft have no way of getting the care they urgently need. Living with a physical disability like untreated cleft lip/palate can be devastating: infants have higher mortality rates, children are hidden at home due to bullying, & families struggle financially. Because of the pandemic, there is a long backlog of patients who need care in addition to new babies born with cleft.

Solution

This project will enable the GSF team of volunteer surgeons & other medical professionals to provide free comprehensive cleft care to patients in March 2023, including surgical procedures for at least 5 of 50 patients & feeding assistance for parents of infants born with cleft. Our patients will receive the care they need to help them overcome the negative effects of living with a physical disability & be able to grow and thrive. Donations have an immediate & direct impact to help our patients.

Long-Term Impact

Comprehensive cleft care transforms the lives children born with cleft and gives them a new chance at full, productive lives. Our patients have better health, can attend school, and integrate into their communities. Without the burden of caring for a child isolated at home, their families are better able to gain financial stability & find social support. GSF will share patient stories & photos via GlobalGiving about the life-changing care that your generosity makes possible through this project.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Organization Information

Global Smile Foundation

Location: Norwood, MA - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @globalsmile
Project Leader:
Lisa Crist
Norwood, MA United States
$1,034 raised of $7,500 goal
 
28 donations
$6,466 to go
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