We would like to thank everyone who took part in the last GlobalGiving Bonus Day, on July 12. It was wonderful to see the continuous effort from our donors to help Partner for Surgery continue to change lives in rural Guatemala ❤️
In case you missed our report
We published a report on our efforts regarding cleft lip and palate patients to GlobalGiving. We have copied it below, in case you missed our original post:
Partner for Surgery helps provide medical care to many children and their families, but there is one particular program that we are very proud of: Cleft Infant Nutrition Program. Through this unique program, we accomplish three major goal by preventing:
Malnutrition, so the child will thrive and qualify for surgery;
Speech impediment, by providing cleft palate surgery before the child reaches the age of one and a half;
Ostracization with the community of family and child.
With around 165 children enrolled in the program at any given time, it is vital that Partner for Surgery continues to raise funds to provide all the care needed for these children. A single month of life saving nutrition to one cleft infant costs $35 in Guatemala.
Our impact in Guatemala has become quite noticeable. In the past, almost all the infants with clefts were first seen at our rural medical missions. Now, over 85% are referrals from government medical personnel and community midwives, which means the infants remain in better health and can qualify for surgery earlier than before.
During the Workshop in Congenital Malformations led by the George Washington University/Milken Institute of Public Health, and held at the Universidad Rafael Landívar on June 2016 in Guatemala, many presentations indicated that inadequate micronutrients in the diet of newly pregnant mothers is an important factor in formation of cleft defects. Now we are studying the possibility of adding a fourth prevention element: education. This effort would focus on educating children in school on how better food preparation and nutrition can reduce cleft anomalies.
In the next few days, Faces of Hope will join us in Guatemala to help provide surgery to dozens of cleft patients who are ready to leave the nutrition program and move to the next step of their life changing journey.
What's coming up
We are studying new ways to make donations through our own website easier. Today, we offer links to PayPal and GlobalGiving, but we want to make the process even smoother for our visitors. In the following weeks we expect to make these changes a reality.
We are also streamlining our volunteer pages. We hope that these changes will make understanding the process easier and get more people to join us in Guatemala.
This is a smaller scale campaign that will take place next week, from August 7th 9:00am EDT to August 12th 11:59pm EDT. Only projects that benefit children will be eligible for this campaign, which includes our very own Surgery for Guatemalans with Cleft Lip and Palate.
If you missed the previous campaign, this is a chance to get your donation of up to $250 matched by the platform. Beware, however, that GG is offering only $13,000 in matching funds, which we believe will run out really fast once the campaign starts.