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Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children

by Cast Your Nets Ministry Inc
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children

Greetings from Siquijor Island in the Philippines!

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the status of our ministry and project this year.  First, some Good News!  Yesterday, July 7th, we were able to get our last family home from Davao to Siquijor Island.  The Maghanoy family (Father, Mother, and two handicapped sons) have been stranded there since February.  They were due to come home in early March, but the islands have been on lockdown to local travel due to the corona virus.  We have cancelled and rebooked them seven times on flights which were never allowed to fly, but finally we got them a commercial flight from Davao to Cebu.  From Cebu, we were able to arrange a private charter flight to Siquijor, luckily everything worked out according to plan and they arrived safely in Siquijor.  Now they must endure a 14-day quarantine before they can be reunited with their teenage daughter that did not make the trip.   During these five months, your donations were used to support their living expenses on the island of Samal at a local NGO that takes care of handicapped children.  You also made it possible for them to fly home to be reunited with the rest of the family.  Thanks to all of you for your support!

Plans for the Immediate Future

Currently, inter-island travel has become a very difficult process due to local and national regulations to prevent the spread of the corona virus.  Our original plan for this year was to make five medical trips to Davao, but that is no longer possible.  We plan on spending this time working with the Tebow Hospital to establish a local clubfoot casting clinic on Negros Island, and working to bring a physical therapy center to the island of Siquijor.  The establishment of a clinic on Siquijor will give us the resources to help children prior to surgery, and after we return from surgery.  Currently there are no options on our island for physically disabled children to receive this type of care. 

I would like to thank all our donors for all your support, without you none of this is possible.  Also, I would like to thank our fundraising partner GlobalGiving for the grant given to our ministry which made it much easier to bring our family home!

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Dear Friends and Supporters:

Last November, Cast Your Nets Ministry entered a new phase in our efforts by joining forces with our international fundraising partner, GlobalGiving. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to become permanent members of GlobalGiving and this enabled us to radically expand our fundraising efforts. Due to this, we were able to help more children in 2019 and set the groundwork with our partners for a more productive year in 2020. Listed below are a few highlights and accomplishments of our ministry year:

• In January we sponsored a free clinic for children in Negros Oriental and the island of Siquijor. We had 88 children attend we identified at least 40 children in need of surgery and another 22 children that need treatment for clubfoot disorder.

• In March, we traveled to Davao for meetings with the medical staff and administration of the Tebow Cure Hospital to discuss treatment plans for the children we identified at our clinic. We also attended the opening of the new expansion at the hospital.

• In April, we began meetings with various agencies in the Dumaguete area to find a location for a Tebow Cure Hospital satellite clinic for treatment of club feet, surgical follow up, etc.

• In May, we took four children and guardians to Davao for various surgical procedures and care. All surgeries were successful, and the children are still healing.

• In September, we were able to send two children to Davao to receive prosthetic legs which will enable them to walk again.

• In October, we took another three children and guardians to Davao for surgeries and treatment. Still working on follow up care, pin removals, physical therapy, etc.

• Also, in October, we were able to host a follow-up clinic in Dumaguete with the medical director of the Tebow Cure Hospital. He was able to evaluate the progress of our past patients and evaluate those children that will need surgery in 2020.

Last year our main ministry project was named, Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children, this will be the final report you will receive for this project as we will be retiring for a new project in 2020. Our new project will be titled, Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020, and we expect to treat at least 20 kids this year. We are ahead of last year we already have these children identified and approved for treatment by our partner, Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao. The link to this project is below:

                                                                          https://goto.gg/44031

The giving season starts with Giving Tuesday, which is on Tuesday, December 3rd. GlobalGiving will be offering a proportional match of all donations received on Giving Tuesday. GlobalGiving will be putting up $500,000 and we will receive a portion of those funds based on the proportion of donations given to us through GlobalGiving on Giving Tuesday. We are again asking for your support during this fundraising season, and we ask if you can support us with a donation that you donate on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd if possible.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Joel & Rhonda Jurasinski

Cast Your Nets Ministry

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Princess Claire and her Mother
Princess Claire and her Mother

Dear Friends and Supporters: 

We are very excited at Cast Your Nets Ministry as this Friday, September 13th, two of our children will be travelling to Davao for life changing medical procedures.   Paul John and Princess Claire will go to Tebow Cure Hospital where they will receive prosthetic legs provided by Limb Kind Foundation from Oceanside, NY.  The Limb Kind Team will be travelling to Davao to provide and fit prosthetic limbs for disabled children in the Philippines.  

Princess Claire 

Princess Claire is a precious 10-year-old girl that we met at our clinic in February of this year.  She is from the city of Bayawan on Negros Island and she was born with two incomplete legs which ended just below her knees.  She has lived her whole life with this condition, her family made her leg covers which pad the end of her legs and enable her to stand without feet.  This prosthesis will allow her to walk and experience life at the same height as all her schoolmates and friends.  We are excited to see the progress she makes with her new prosthetic legs! 

Paul John 

Paul John is a 14-year-old boy who lives in the mountain town of Mabinay, Negros Oriental.  When he was 9 years old, he was walking home after school and decided to wait for some friends.  He sat on a roadside guard railing as he had done many times before, but this time a large sugarcane truck came by and lost control and hit the railing and dragged Paul John for about 100 feet underneath the truck.  This resulted in the amputation of his leg very near his hip.  When he got out of the hospital, his mother vowed to him that she would become his second leg and do everything she could to help him.  We met Paul John and his mother about two years ago and we have looking for the opportunity to get him fitted with a prosthetic leg.  

We are so thankful for the opportunity The Tebow Cure Hospital and Limb Kind Foundation have given us to help him and Princess Claire!  We want to say Thank You to our donors, with your donations we are able to provide transportation for these children and their guardians to receive this life changing treatment.  Stay tuned for follow up reports on these two children when they return!

Paul John and his Mother
Paul John and his Mother
Paul John
Paul John
Princess Claire
Princess Claire
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At Cebu Airport
At Cebu Airport

To Our Friends and Supporters.

On May 26th, we began our journey from Dumaguete City, to Davao, Mindanao with four children and guardians headed to The Tebow Cure Hospital.  Our patients were Michael, Jolls, Jolika, and Mark, each of whom we met at our clinic on February 1, 2019.  The group was led by Rhonda Jurasinski of Cast Your Nets Ministry, and Tricia Maceren of Bear Much Fruit Ministry in Dumaguete. 

Travel to Davao

The group met on the evening of May 26th in Dumaguete and proceeded to the port where they boarded the overnight ferry to Cebu.  Upon arrival in Cebu, the group met our driver and was transported to breakfast and then to a local mall to hang out and have lunch as their flight to Davao was scheduled late that afternoon.  After lunch, they were driven to the Cebu airport where they caught their flight to Davao and arrived in Davao around 5:30 PM.  They were met at the Davao airport by one of our partner ministries, Seeds of Dignity, and were transported for dinner and then to check-in at Tebow Cure Hospital.

Treatment and Surgery

On Tuesday, each child was examined and evaluated for surgery by the medical staff at the hospital.  Jolls and Mark each suffered from elbow problems that impaired the use of one arm.  Michael had one leg that was shorter than the other due to a motorcycle accident he was involved in several years ago.   Jolika’s case was the most involved, she was born with web fingers, and with one leg that was deformed and had only grown to a few inches below the knee and no foot.  Surgery was scheduled on Wednesday for all four children.

Both Mark and Jolls received successful surgery on their elbows, after appropriate recuperation time both should be fine and regain use of their arms.  Jolika had here fingers separated, and leg stump modified for a prosthetic leg in the future, we will be scheduling her for a return visit as soon as her stump heals properly. Michael received successful surgery to straighten his leg and insert some metal parts in his knee.  Michael needed to stay 2 weeks longer for additional needs.

After a day of recuperation on Thursday, the patients were released on Friday, May 31st for travel back to Dumaguete City.  

Follow-up

We will continue to monitor each patient to insure they receive the proper follow up care.  In addition, we will be scheduling Jolika for a return visit to The Tebow Cure Hospital for fitting of a prosthetic leg so she can begin to walk like other kids her age.  Michael is staying in Davao until June 15th to monitor his healing, begin physical therapy and have follow up X-Rays to plan his next surgery to complete the process. Overall, it was a very successful trip for these children, and they will be able to lead more productive and normal lives as they mature.  We are currently planning more trips in the future and we will continue to keep you informed as they happen.

Many thanks to all our supporters and donors for making this possible!

Selfie on Plane
Selfie on Plane
Arrival at Davao Airport
Arrival at Davao Airport
Smiling after surgery
Smiling after surgery
Leaving Tebow Cure Hospital
Leaving Tebow Cure Hospital
Arrived back home on Negros Island
Arrived back home on Negros Island

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Our Children for Travel in May
Our Children for Travel in May

Hello Again from Negros Island, Philippines.

We have been very busy classifying and prioritizing the 50 plus eligible children that came to our clinic in February.  We have received input from medical professionals, our partner agencies, and the families themselves to select our first group of children for travel to the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao.

Prioritization Process

Out of the 88 cases we saw at our clinic, approximately 50 of those are eligible for treatment with surgery or casting.  We are working with the Cure Hospital organization to establish a community-based casting clinic for the 20 plus children we have that were born with clubfoot disorder.  This will take 4-6 months to establish so we have chosen to wait on treatment for these children until this is up and running, more on this later.  Out of the remaining children, we have now selected four children for travel to Davao on May 24th.  We will have two children with elbow issues, one with a leg deformity caused by a motorcycle accident when he was a child, and one child with web hands, and in need of a stump preparation for a prosthetic leg.  We have also begun selecting children for a second trip in June or early July.

We have purchased tickets for air travel for all our May cases and planned for additional sea and land travel for the trip.  In addition, we have assisted in airfare for one case to travel to Davao for a one on one assessment by the doctors prior to surgery.  We have also purchase government sponsored health insurance for two families as is our agreement with our partner.  Once we get these cases to the Tebow Cure Hospital, all treatment is provided free of charge.  Please note that most of these cases were prioritized by age, as most of these children will reach age eighteen soon and would no longer be eligible for free treatment by our partner foundation’s rules.

Community for Clubfoot Based Clinic Children

I mentioned above we have 20+ children with clubfoot disorder that are seeking treatment.  The treatment for clubfoot disorder requires a child be casted and re-casted every week for 4 to 12 weeks prior to surgery.  Currently we would have to bring each child and a caretaker to Davao for this period resulting in an extreme hardship on the family.  Many times, parents and caretakers are forced to deny treatment for their child in favor of care for all the family members.  If we can establish a local clinic, this would cut the time away for treatment from twelve weeks to one week.

The Tebow Cure Hospital is interested in training a casting professional that would be based at a local hospital in Dumaguete.  This week we met with the management of a new medical facility in Dumaguete and discussed this concept.  Later this month, the management of the Tebow Hospital will be sending them a framework for this concept and follow this with a face to face meeting to workout details.  We are praying for a great success here!

Visit from Donors

In April, we were blessed to have a visit from some of our donors and supporters, Mark and Pam.  They were able to visit with most of our partner organizations and many of the children we are working to treat.  It was very heart warming to see them interact with the children and parents first hand.  Thanks Mark and Pam for all you do for us!

Mark and Pam Interact with Children and Parents
Mark and Pam Interact with Children and Parents

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Cast Your Nets Ministry Inc

Location: The Woodlands, TX - USA
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Joel Jurasinski
The Woodlands, TX United States

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