During the week from September 20th to October the 2nd, Every Latin American group that treats cleft lip and palate came together with the help of our international partner Smile Train, to celebrate the international cleft lip and palate week.
The new reality brought us together virtually in a lot of aspects:
We shared our knowledge a round scientific talks and meetings. We made our community stronger around social activities with patients around the continent. And we shared our special projects in order for the wealth of our partners.
Our most important special project is our choir. The whole point of it, and what we wanted to share with our partners, is that we see every patient as an individual needs and through our special tools we manage to with each patient an individual and customized treatment. The choir itself gives patients self-confidence, inner strength and love to been seen as equals in society when they performed in front of a crowd.
The impact of our presentation was so positive and so well received that many more foundations will start their own choir from now on.
We would like to share the video of our presentation with you.
This new reality due to the COVID-19 has given huge challenges for the entire humanity.
In our case as a foundation, our challenges are mostly related on keeping committed to our patients and our community in general. We have been able to transform and reinforce our attention programs through virtuality. From surgery consulting to integration workshops, expert webinars and even choir rehearsals. We have attended over 500 patients in more that 30 online meetings, with excellent feedback from all of those who have been part of them.
Virtuality has also given us the chance to reconnect with those patients that live outside the city where our headquarters are. Normally they have issues coming to us so often because of how far they live. With this new connection we have, they are able to stay in touch and participate even more than they did before.
It has been such a productive experience that we are planning on continuing our virtual encounters as a complement to our presence services, even after we reopen our doors again.
Jason is an very renowned american artist. He has painted the rooms of a bunch of celebitie´s kids, have made important projects for big brands and show bussiness celebrities. But all this professionalism and full time projects haven´t stop him from making great pieces of art for foundations around the world.
By the hand of our big partner SMILE TRAIN, Jason traveled to Colombia. (not his first latin american visit, beacuse he have done it before in Brazil) to paint one of our most important rooms in our foundation, our "KIDS ROOM". We needed to give our patients a place where they could feel as kids on an hospitalary enviroment and that was what Jason deffenetly acomplished. The theme he chose was the Colombian wildlife in order to give a sense of property to the people that hang around in that space and the result was magical. The look in all the visitors that came around to the inaguration and the kids that get to spend time there is undesribable and the feeling of nature is relaxing. We invited some famous colombian people as Miss Colombia to declare our room officially open and the event was full of joy and Jason was sent back home with great memories from our beloved Colombia and FISULAB.
Juan or JUANPA (his artistic name) was born with Cleft lip and palate 22 years ago in Bogotaá, Colombia. His started his intern treatment in FISULAB in 1998.
JUANPA says that what help him the most to recover from his condition was his family support and consistency attending all his appointments in the foundation. And the truth is that although JUANPAconsiders himself as a normal human being with qualities and defects, he is far from being an ordinary person; he overcame all of his problems to become a professional in communications, a high performance sportsman and a professional singer.
Last month JUANPA gave us a real treat when he performed on a concert organized by us in order to gather funds for our patients.
It makes us very proud as a foundation and as a group of professionals to see those who come to us seeking for treatment, become extraordinary human beings full of capacities.
Thank you JUANPA for teaching us that our limits are set only by ourselves.
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