Having surgery is tough and at a young age it can be even tougher.
In order to create a more friendly atmosphere, for the past 8 years Partner for Surgery has been taking gift bags to Guatemalan children, and more recently, dozens of beautiful quilts, both made lovingly by a McLean, Virginia church.
Inside the bags, children find items that are not available to them in Guatemala – coloring books, crayons, and stuffed animals. In fact, sometimes even the parents are not familiar with coloring books and we see them with crayons in hand as well!
The quilts are especially important to keep the children warm. Many come from hotter areas and are not prepared for their stay at the cooler, higher altitudes. And when they return to their villages, the quilts add a wonderful touch to their very sparsely furnished homes.
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During the week of April 3rd to 7th, GlobalGiving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% as part of their Little By Little campaign. This is their way of showing how even small donations can make a big change.
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December 2016 - February 2017
108 surgeries performed
355 patients evaluated 168 surgical candidates
Cervical cancer prevention: 434 women screened for cervical cancer 4 women treated for cervical cancer
Cleft infant nutrition:
164 children enrolled
We are making a renewed effort to encourage non-medical volunteers to join us on a medical mission in Guatemala and also visit some of the patients in their rural homes. If you know of anyone who might have an interest in learning more, please contact Frank Peterson at 703 893-4335.