Thursday, May 24, 2012

Operation Smile 30th Anniversary - The Journey Home

Children born with facial deformities suffer in seclusion. They withdraw from school, and withdraw from the world. But it should not be this way. A 45-minute simple operation can change a child’s life forever and restore their dignity as a person. A simple operation can open doors to a child’s future who suffer from correctable deformities.

To repair a child’s face is to rehabilitate not only their smile, but also their spirit. To repair a child’s face is to give that child an opportunity to go to school, to eat a meal, to speak so others can understand.

Once the physical aspect of a deformity is treated, it allows for the emotional healing to begin. This is why Operation Smile sets high goals each year and always stretch to the absolute extent of its capacity to seek like-minded humanitarians, who generously support their missions.

It is estimated that one in every 500 children born in the Philippines will have a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Hence, Operation Smile encourages private and public institutions to join its efforts to reach out to these impoverished Filipino children through a local mission. It is an investment that will last a lifetime in the face of each child. It is how OSP is “changing lives, one smile at a time”.

Since 1982, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous partners — has provided more than 2 MILLION PATIENT EVALUATIONS and over 200,000 FREE SURGERIES for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities AROUND THE WORLD. As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world with a presence in over 60 COUNTRIES, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

On NOVEMBER 8 to DECEMBER 2, 2012, Operation Smile will undertake another milestone as it celebrates its 30th year! Operation Smile will celebrate with a special homecoming mission to the Philippines to give back to the country that gave birth to what is now a global children’s medical charity organization. It aims to provide free life medical treatments to at least 6,000 Filipino children and young adults in 24 days through 10 dental and cleft surgical missions sites in various parts of the country, namely, Koronadal City, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Silay City, Manila, Naga and Pampanga.

Operation Smile is looking for more patients with cleft lip/cleft palate for the May 30 to June 3, 2012 schedule at the Ospital Ning Angeles ( Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital ) Pampanga Operation Smile Mission.

Interested parties can register through KDF (kapampangan development foundation) Call or Text Benigno Ricafort President - KDF (045) 4580027 / 09175628673

Operation Smile Philippines are in need of the following Medical Volunteers!
Operating Room
Nurses
Ward Nurses
Anesthesiologist,
Speech Pathologist
Biomed Technician
Plastic Surgeon
Dentist
Medical Photographer
Pediatrician
Medical Records Specialist

Volunteers from these areas are most welcome to join in:
 Pampanga
 Manila
 Cavite
 Naga
 Bacolod
 Cebu
 Cagayan De Oro
 General Santos
 South Cotabato
 Iloilo
 Mindoro
 Davao

Benefits of a Medical Volunteers Qualified

Credentialed Volunteers will be given proper training and receive certification from American Heart Association (AHA) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

You can't find this training just anywhere and Operation Smile will give it to credentialed medical volunteers for FREE, as Operation Smile Philippines is the first organization recognized as a global and mobile international training organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association. Travel incentives - Operation Smile Philippines was able to send 31 of its volunteers to 10 countries where international missions are held, (China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Russia, Thailand, East Timor, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil)

Calling for Non-Medical Volunteers

During missions, non-medical volunteers assist in patient mobilization, final screening, patient assistance, physical set-up, photo and video documentation and other non-medical tasks that may be required. You can join Chatters Care For Kids Inc. as a non-medical volunteer as our objective is to help in future missions of Operation Smile especially on the 30th anniversary in November, so if you are living in these areas, Pampanga, Manila, Cavite, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Mindoro and Davao.
Non-Medical Volunteers can include bloggers who can cover the event, photographers and videographers who can document the event, Filmmakers who can make a video for Operation Smile, Masscom students and graduates who can also help in making videos for Operation Smile, Graphic Artists who can make brochures, flyers, posters that will be mass produced by Operation Smile and anyone who have the kind heart and has a will to help change a child's life.

Be a Non-Medical Volunteer - Sign up here - http://ccfk.org/get-involved Chatters Care For Kids Inc. is doing a Tinapay at Inumin Campaign where Non-Medical Volunteers can bring bakery products , juices or bottled water that we can give to the parents,patients, and volunteers during a mission..This will help cut down Operation Smile expenses so they can buy more medical supplies and do more surgical operations, instead of using their fund to feed the volunteers. Non-Medical Volunteers can also bring Coloring books and Crayons and play with the patients so they won't worry about their upcoming surgery. If you can't be a volunteer or a sponsor, you can help change a life, by just spreading this news in your blog, into your social networking accounts, and by telling them to your friends, If you have time please like Operation Smile Philippines and Chatters Care for kids Facebook Page as you'll be also spreading the news http://www.facebook.com/operationsmilephils http://www.facebook.com/chatterscareforkids

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