Kim is a six-year-old kindergarten student. He is a shy boy, and he loves his family very much. Kim needed treatment for a dislocated left arm. Three years ago, Kim's brother accidentally pushed him and he injured his arm. At the time, he underwent a closed reduction surgery and casting, but he could not afford followup check-ups with doctors. Since then, Kim had a hard time using his left arm. He was uncomfortable and experienced occasional pain. On October 26, 2016, Kim received surgery to repair his arm. This treatment should restore his confidence and comfort. His parents no longer need to worry about him while he is in school. Kim's father is a farmer, and his mother is a housewife. They source food from their vegetable garden. His father's income is just enough to pay for the children's schooling. He does not have enough to pay for Kim's $1,500 procedure. "I was so very happy to know that Kim could undergo the operation to correct his condition," says Kim's mother. "It will be a great blessing to us because we cannot really afford the treatment on our own...Thank you so much for having a good heart to help us...We are hoping that this surgery will be successful and Kim can recover fast."
James is an active four-year-old boy from the Philippines. He was born with a cleft lip and palate. James does well in school, but his condition causes him social difficulty and shyness. His parents feel unable to help their son. When he was two years old, they brought him to a doctor, where they learned surgery would cost more than they could afford. They decided to delay James's treatment. Fortunately, on November 3, 2016, doctors at our medical partner, International Care Ministries, performed a cleft lip and palate repair surgery. This operation should help James focus on his studies and will improve his quality of life. James's father is a laborer and a driver, and his mother works as a house helper. They cannot afford to pay for this $1,246 treatment, and they need our help. Both parents hope their son will enjoy his childhood. "In our current situation, it is so hard to save when you don't have something to eat," says James's father. "That's why we are so thankful that there were people who organized this camp to help my son and other children who had this condition. It was a blessing for us who are unfortunate...Thank you so much that you will give hope for my son."
Lyzah is a 15-year-old girl and currently a high school student. She is jolly and friendly. She underwent cleft lip repair surgery when she was 3 months old. However, her cleft lip remains. Lyzah has two siblings. Her fathers earn his living farming. Unfortunately, he does not earn enough for the family's needs at home and school. Lyzah really wanted to receive this operation. She convinced her parents to go on this surgical mission. After the treatment, Lyzah will have increased self-esteem. She can have confidence to unleash her potential at school, hopefully aiding her in pursuing her dreams and ambitions.
Roldan lives with his parents and brothers in the Philippines. Though he was unable to attend school, he is a very industrious worker. He earns money by farming. Roldan received a cleft lip surgery on October 17, 2016. Before the operation, Roldan expressed hope that it would change his life. With new self-confidence, he plans to go to school or look for a good job. He dreams of starting a family of his own. However, Roldan does not have enough to pay for the $1,246 surgery. He needs help to cover the cost of this life-changing treatment. "This will be a great opportunity for me to change my life," says Roldan. "Thank you for giving me another chance."
Kenie is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is the only child in his family. His mother is a housewife. Kenie’s father used to work as a miner, but he found the job too dangerous. Now, he takes jobs as a laborer. Kenie is an active and playful child. He loves to run around and smile at people. He was born with cleft lip and palate, which causes him difficulty eating and speaking. He also experiences frequent coughs and colds. Kenie’s mother worries about her son’s condition. She learned from a pastor about our medical partner, International Case Ministries. On November 3, 2016, Kenie underwent cleft lip surgery. His parents need help to pay for this $1,246 procedure. In a few months, he will undergo cleft palate surgery. "I am really happy that my son will be qualified for this surgery,” says Isa, Kenie’s mother. “We even left home very early to travel to the hospital and along the way, I am praying and hoping that he is okay and fit for surgery. I am a bit scared that he will undergo surgery, but I know this is for his good. I am looking forward to seeing my son's sweet smile, and I know that he will be very handsome. I hope that he will finish school and fulfill whatever dreams he has."
Elmer is a strong and energetic three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is the second-youngest child of six. His family lives in a small bamboo house, and his father works as a farmer. Elmer loves to play with other children. However, his mother worries that his cleft lip embarrasses him. Fortunately, Elmer received cleft lip surgery on October 17, 2016. When Elmer's mother learned that surgery was possible, she cried with joy. Elmer's family cannot afford his healthcare costs. They need help to fund this $322 surgery, which they consider a great blessing. "We are very glad because the operation will be done," says Elmer's father, Limbo. "To the doctors who will do the operation and to those who assisted us and the donors who will sponsor us, thank you so much."
Min is a seven-month-old boy from the Philippines who was born with a cleft lip. His mother had difficulty feeding him, and she stopped working to take care of him full-time. Min's mother worried that as he grew, Min's condition would bring him unwanted attention. She hoped that her son would enjoy a normal childhood. Fortunately, Min underwent cleft lip surgery on October 17, 2016. Min's father is the sole earner in their family, working as a chef in a local restaurant. They need help to cover the cost of Min's $322 surgery. "We don't have enough capacity to support the operation because we are just starting a family," says Min's mother. "We really need your assistance....I will do everything to see that he is taken care of...Thank you so much."
John Lee is an eight-year-old boy living in the Philippines with his parents and four siblings. His parents are unable to afford all of their children's education, so John Lee's grandparents pay his tuition and act as his guardians. John Lee is in the second grade. His father is a farm laborer, and his mother is a housewife. His father's income only covers their basic expenses. John Lee has a cleft palate with a unilateral cleft lip. In other words, the roof of his mouth opens into his nose, and there is an opening in his upper lip. At home, John Lee is a talkative and joyful child. However, his condition makes him feel shy in public, and he is sometimes reluctant to go to school. Fortunately, on November 3, John Lee underwent repair surgery with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. The total cost of the surgery, including supplies and five days of inpatient care, is $322. His family needs help to pay the medical bill. "I am very happy for my grandson," shares his grandmother. "We have waited so long for this chance. I really want him to finish his studies so he can reach his dreams and ambitions in life."
Mila is a 47-year-old mother of five. Four of her children are married, and she lives with her husband, youngest son, and four grandchildren. Mila enjoys staying at home and taking care of her grandchildren. Her husband works as a fisherman to support the family. Mila was born with cleft lip and palate. This condition causes her social difficulty. Fortunately, she is in a community served by our medical partner, International Care Ministries. On November 3, she underwent cleft lip surgery. This treatment will improve Mila's self-confidence. She needs help to pay her $322 medical bill. "I dreamed of being treated since I was young," says Mila. She adds that she is grateful for help from donors. Her husband, Carlos, shares, "My family is so thankful for having this opportunity that will make my wife's dream come true."
Marvie is a happy 14-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is a student in the seventh grade, and she loves to go to school. She is the oldest of three siblings. Marvie has had clubfeet for eleven years, and she has difficulty walking. Her mother worries about her future, but they have not been able to afford treatment. Fortunately, after visiting our medical partner, International Care Ministries, Marvie began treatment on November 22. She will also receive special shoes for support and therapy to strengthen her limbs. Marvie's parents work on a sugarcane field, and they also gather and sell firewood. They need help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "We are so thankful for this opportunity that has come to us," says her mother. "We have been praying for this. We desire for Marvie to be well and be able to walk properly without any difficulty. We would love to see her fulfill her dreams without any hindrance. Thank you so much."
Eric is a nine-year-old student from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and three siblings. When he's not in school, Eric helps his mother with household chores and likes to play with his friends in the neighborhood. Also, as the eldest of four, he is often put in charge of his younger siblings when his parents are not around. Eric has difficulty walking because he was born with bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot refers to the internal rotation of the feet and can only be corrected surgically. In order to help Eric receive the treatment he needs, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eric's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. He is scheduled to undergo clubfeet correction on August 8 at our medical partner's care center, Tebow Cure Hospital. Surgeons will re-align the ligaments and tendons that are affected by his condition. "We are looking for a very good result after the operation," says Rowena, Eric's mother. "Hopefully his both feet will be corrected after the operation and he will live a normal life."
Kriscous is a jolly, four-year-old boy from the Philippines with cleft palate. Kriscous loves playing with his grandmother and other children. However, he become very shy because other children make fun of his appearance and altered speech. The attention from other children, and the frustration he experiences when his community can't understand him constantly puts him on edge, and he often gets into fights with other children and neighbors. In addition to worrying about his health, his family worries that Kriscous will continue to be unhappy if his condition persists. With $1,464, Kriscous will receive cleft palate repair surgery and follow-up care that will help him speak with less difficulty and give him the confidence to connect with other children. According to his grandmother, "Kriscous is very excited to be treated so he can have self-confidence and fulfill his dreams."