Our mission is to connect people in rural areas of Guatemala, most commonly to Mayan descendants, to much needed medical services.
With the help of so many donors, volunteers and organizations, we couldn't be happier to celebrate World Smile Day.
The concept behind this day, which happens on the first Friday of October, is very simple: "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile."
Many of our donors and volunteers are receiving this message and we can't thank you enough for all the help you have provided us and all the lives you have changed already.
We would also like to remind you that Partner for Surgery is an ongoing project. If you have recently donated or lent your hand as a volunteer, please consider passing this message to your friends and family. There is no donation or help too small to make a big change in another person's life.
Last July, our friends from Faces of Hope helped many children in Guatemala get a new smile. In only 4 days, they performed 78 surgeries in 4 operating rooms, with a medical personnel consisting of 60% US, 20% UK and 20% local people.
This organization has shared many photos on Facebook of the work done in Guatemala, including before and after pictures. We invite you to visit their page and show your support for the work that they have been doing.
This time we tell the story of Marcelino, who was suffering from a growing mass on the side of his head. Thanks to Dr. Elwood McMullin's 2016 Cape Breton Nova Scotia team, he was able to receive surgery.
"It has been a long time since I had a smile on my face.
Today I can smile again. I am the Marcelino from before this mass."