Helping People Afford Basic Healthcare

livelihood project
livelihood project
The cleft lip/cleft palate mission went very well. We were able to do 122 surgeries and 7 obturators. The work continues, we need to coordinate the return of the equipment, attend goodbye receptions for the volunteers and now prepare for the june 21 post operation check up. Now that we have the extension building, we are now able to schedule such activities even during the rainy season
All screenings were done at JADMC., including pre operations and post operations. All the volunteer nurses also stayed at JADMC.
The two KDF scholars of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU), for Prosthetics will graduate in a year's time. This will enable us to expand our services to prosthetics and orthotics at JADMC. 
The Arellano university will help us w the PT requirements up to the level of the households where our beneficiaries are.
The Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Program will be expanded to include training for the midwives. We plan to operate the birthing clinic at JADMC as soon as we have hired the full time OB/GYN. This is a big program and we need space.
Mr. Benigno Ricafort and Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez, our partners at the JADMC, are supervising two backyard piggeries which will earn the prosthetics beneficiaries a minimum wage. Please see photo of Mario Santos , a beneficiary for the above the knee prosthetics.  They are digging a hole , 30x 30 sqm for what they call deep bed technology.
This backyard piggery project will be started next week and will be inaugurated middle of July. 
piggery project
piggery project
piggery project
piggery project



Dear friends,
In addition to our ongoing activities, below are the goals of the Love for Life Foundation and JADMC for 2014:
1. Above Knee Prosthetics 
 -we will work with the International Red Cross sponsored Jubilee group of Davao to introduce KDF (Kapampangan Development Foundation) to their above knee suppliers from Vietnam;
 - work closely with the UERM Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics to help us provide above knee prosthetics to at least  50 cases for 2014;
-additional training  of the prosthetics technicians on the use of these above knee mechanisms;
2. Wheel Chairs
- work with other groups for the donation of free wheel chairs aside from Operation Blessings
- work with Physicians for Peace (PFP) re free wheel chairs from its partners;
- target is 100 wheel chairs
3. JADMC Charity Birthing Clinic:
- work on hiring OB Gyn Doctors to help us launch a charity birthing clinic at JADMC
4. Eye center
- work with the Pampanga Department of Education to do free eye screenings for school children in cooperation w the Physicians for Peace 
5. Multi purpose hall:
build a multipurpose hall at the back of the JADMC for our outpatients screenings and followups. This means raising the funds for this purpose.
6. Livelihood program: launch the livelihood program for. 2014.program still being finalized
Targets for ongoing programs:
Cataract surgeries: 50 a month
Pterygium surgeries: 50 a month
Prosthetics ( below knees):  10 per month
Harelip/ cleft palate: 100 / year



From the JADMC, Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez:
The cleft lip/ palate international surgical mission finished yesterday. Done were 101 surgeries and 6 obturators. 172 were screened. We are now busy clearing up and discharging the 
Patients and sending off the volunteers, etc. pist operation check up will be on Dec 6. This was the only international mission to the Philippines for the year. Quite big. We had 60  OS volunteers from abroad and from the other provinces. This does not include the local doctors who came and went after surgeries. We had 50 kdf volunteers ( 30 arellano nurses and 10 local volunteers from our partners and 10 KDF / JADMC staff. It was a huge task...went seamlessly well!!!! Food was cooked in my mother's house. My brother lent us a car for marketing and food delivery. The outing to the diaspora and cultural tour of bacolor and guagua churces and JDMC was appreciated. Their visit to Subic for a picnic was great!!! They loved the beach. The farewell dinner hosted by Myrna and Boy Bituin was beautiful !!! Native lechon  was served. Everyday was packed w 30-32 surgeries done a day. Final screening and decking on the first day was big and smooth w 30 student nurses snd 10 kdf staff and 10 volunteers from partners helping.... We fed the parenrs from day 1- day to the last day. We had a call center to track the patients and fetch those who had no money.... We cooked food for all the volunteers!!!! Thanks to all the foreign and local vplunteers and our staff !!! Great job. Kdf / JADMC prepared for this for a year. Looking for patients, screening them, coordinating w the local ngos and lgus, soliciting funds and contributions in kind..... Lots of work. Thank god it is now a weekened and all can rest. Last night the Operations Smile gave a farewell dinner for the group of OS volunteers to say goodbye and thank you!!!!


Sylvia Ordonez with the Red Cross
Sylvia Ordonez with the Red Cross

The Love for Life Foundation began as a disaster relief effort in the early 1990's with the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano. Over the years we have focused on a more permanent presence in the Philippines in the form of the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center. The recent tragedy affecting thousands of Filipinos brings us back to our initial purpose: disaster relief. The staff at the JADMC, led by Ms. Sylvia Ordonez of the Kapampangan Development Foundation, is working with Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the Saint Scholastica Order who is a also a doctor, to help the typhoon victims. Sister David is based in Leyte, which was hardest hit by Haiyan. 

We also expect long term medical consequences from this natural catastrophe, such as wound infections resulting in amputations, infections of many kinds, obstetrical care, and many others. We are ready to serve. 


The JADMC and Love for Life Foundation continues to do what we can, as described in prior project reports to you. It is saddening to see that death and suffering caused by this most recent natural disaster. The Philippines is no stranger to natural catastrophes but this is one of the worst. Unfortunately, another typhoon is in its wake. People who hadnothing now have even less. They have lost their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children. Livelihoods and homes are gone. Now we are dealing with medical disease as a result of poor sanitation, homelessness, and lack of access to medical care. You have read all the unfortunate details in the news. Please help us in this very difficult time. 

Thank you.



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Location: Ledyard, Connecticut - USA
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Joycelyn Datu
Ledyard, Connecticut United States
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