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Restoring Hope One Medical Mission At A Time:

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Since 2010, we have completed hundreds of life-changing surgeries.

Colombia Medical Mission, November 2017

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We successfully completed our first Medical Mission in Colombia. We partnered with Drawing Alegria, an initiative that gives back to communities in need by funding and organizing surgical medical missions to treat cleft lip and palate. We sent five of our board members: two anesthesiologists, a surgeon, and two nurses to assist Drawing Alegria in treating 72 children with cleft lip and palate (78 surgical procedures). In addition to our medical personnel, we brought vital medication, surgical tools, and much-needed anesthesia monitors -- totaling $8,000. We have been invited back for a mission in 2018, and we are already looking forward to returning.

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Our Accomplishments Mission by Mission (each mission is one-week long):

Mission 2018: Jan. 28- Feb. 2: Lucena, Philippines

Hundreds of supporters and donors, 51 Mending Faces volunteers and countless local volunteers made up of: pediatricians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, speech therapists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, and outreach... restored hope and provided a brighter future to those whose lives are burdened by cleft lip, cleft palate and other deformities.

In just four days of surgeries, our team performed Surgeries on:

73 patients: 33 lips, 34 palates, 4 combo lip/palates, 8 hand/burns.

There were 2 operating rooms in use, with 5 operating tables. (The surgeons and nurses worked from 7:30am to 8pm.)

Our oldest patient was 17 years old, and our youngest was just 5 months old.

4 of the patients were returning: They had their lips repaired last year and their palates repaired this year.

Most patients worked with one of our speech therapists.

Upon discharge from the hospital, each patient received a care sheet and a backpack of items including clothes, a calculator, a ball, pillow, stuffed toy, toy car, toothbrush/toothpaste and more.

Dental Treatment resulted in 80 Pre-Surgical exams and the removal of 18 teeth.

We visited 2 elementary schools and nearly 1,000 children were provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamphlet.

6 new students sponsored to attend school

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Mission 2017: Lucena, Philippines

  • 61 Surgeries
  • 54 Patients
  • 24 Cleft Lips
  • 25 Cleft Palates
  • 6 Combination Cleft Lip and Palates
  • 79 Pre-Surgical oral exams performed leading to 15 teeth extracted with 2 patients evaluated for potential Obturators.
  • 11 children sponsored to attend school
  • 3 elementary school visits and more than 1,000 children provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamphlet.

Mission 2016: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 74 Surgeries
  • 37 Cleft Lip
  • 37 Cleft Palates
  • 17 Dental Patients; 59 teeth removed
  • 5 children sponsored to attend school
  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2015: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 83 Patients
  • 87 Procedures
  • 54 Cleft Lips
  • 33 Cleft Palates
  • 23 dental patients, over 50 teeth extracted along with examining nine Special Need Patients in a near-by Facility for future care
  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2014: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 63 Patients
  • 69 Procedures
  • 24 Palates; 40 Lips; 1 Combo Palate and Lip; 3 Misc. Procedures (Skin Tag Removal)
  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2013: Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

  • 51 Patients 
  • 60 Procedures 
  • 19 Palates; 35 Lips; 3 Combo Palate and Lips
  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2012: San Jose, Antique, Philippines

  • 80 Patients
  • 90 Procedures
  • 22 Palates; 68 Lips
  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Mission 2011: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 35 Patients
  • 58 Procedures
  • Dental education programs at local elementary schools (dental hygiene), toothbrushes and toothpaste given to each child

Before and After Photos of Our Patients:

"While it is hard to digest the happenings of this week and put the experience into words, first and foremost the volunteers are what made everything so exceptional. Regardless of race, religion or country of origin, everyone came together to do something truly inspiring for generations to come. We each played our separate parts well and when all of those efforts came together, the results spoke for themselves. Now an impoverished, but extraordinary group of children have reason and ability to smile and communicate without fear or limitation.Volunteer/Associate Board Member, Jeremy Douglas

Outreach

Outreach is an important part of the medical mission, and makes up nearly 30 percent of the total team. Outreach volunteers serve many different purposes on the mission, and can be asked to do anything and everything but the surgery itself. Outreach mainly supports the mission through managing the families and patients that are the recipients of life-changing surgery, and includes a variety of activities and duties. Examples include:

  • help the nursing and surgical staff run supplies
  • distribute food and water to medical staff
  • manage families and patients during the initial screenings
  • provide comfort to patients and families during pre and post-op
  • scrubbing surgical instruments in the OR
  • go to the market to buy supplies
  • distribute go-home care packages
  • bring patients and their families home from the hospital

Community outreach projects involve dental education and clothing and toy distribution during visits to orphanages and schools. The Outreach volunteers have the unique opportunity to help in the hospital setting and also experience everyday life in the community.

Volunteer

Please email maya@mendingfaces.org to be considered for the 2019 Medical Mission (Jan. 27- Feb. 1 in Lucena, Philippines).

It’s hard to put into words what this week means to people. The amount of learning, interpersonal growth, appreciation, resiliency and graciousness that happens is something to behold in and of itself. The culmination of these things makes everyone better off as we actively participated in the mending of more than just faces, but the mending of lives as well. - Jeremy Douglas, Board Chair/ Mission Volunteer

We recruit healthcare professionals and non-healthcare professionals in the following areas for each mission:

Healthcare Professionals

  • Surgeons (ENT, Oral-Maxillofacial, Plastic-Reconstructive)
  • Associate Surgeon
  • Anesthesiologist
  • CRNA
  • Dentist/Orthodontist
  • Pre Operative Nurse
  • Post Operative Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Intra Operative Nurse Circulator
  • Post Operative Ward Nurse
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pediatrician/Family Practitioner
  • Speech Therapist

 Outreach Volunteers

  • Medical Support
  • Social Media/Blog
  • Photographer/Video
  • Dental Education/Community Outreach
  • Administrative Support

Expectations of a Mending Faces Volunteer:     

1. Expert in your specialty and the position you apply for
2. Service-minded with realistic expectations
3. Adaptable and resourceful under demanding and changing conditions
4. Culturally sensitive and a team player
5. In good health to travel and work in a developing country
6. Able to provide the funds to participate                                                                                       

Volunteer FAQ

What part of the Philippines are the Missions?

Panay, located in the central Philippines. It consists of four provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo.  Mending Faces currently visits San Jose in Antique, Kalibo in Aklan and Roxas City in Capiz and Lucena in Quezon Province. Our next Medical Mission is Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2019, in Lucena.

What is the cost?

All volunteers pay for their own flight (approx. $1,500-$2,000) and room and board (approx. $350-$500). Some extra cash is also good to have on hand for shopping, etc.

Is it safe to travel to the Philippines?

Just as in many of the major metropolitan areas in the United States and Europe, crime is a significant concern in Metro Manila. You should exercise good judgment and remain aware of your surroundings.

Visit the U.S. International Travel information for the Philippines for additional and updated information: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_999.html

What health concerns or risks are there in going to the Philippines?

Before visiting the Philippines, we recommend you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/philippines.htm

How will our travel arrangements be made?

We will provide you with the final airport destination and airport code once you are selected to be a part of our medical mission volunteer team. You can book your own travel, use airline miles or book your travel. 

Who takes care of our lodging arrangements and what sort of lodging arrangements are there?

Mending Faces will take care of all the lodging arrangements during the dates of the medical mission. If you need to stay additional days, we can provide suggestions as needed. We usually book a nice room with two beds in it. There are options for a single room for an additional cost. All of this will be included in the welcome packet when you have been selected to join the medical mission volunteer team.  Mending Faces will arrange breakfast and lunch during the dates of the medical mission. Here is one example of our lodging: http://www.thesanantonioresort.com/

Do we need a Visa to go to the Philippines?

A Visa is not required, but proof of a return ticket will be necessary to enter the country.

How much cash should I have on hand?

We recommend that volunteer team members bring about $200 USD. Check out the most updated exchange rate at: http://fx-rate.net/PHP/. Airport taxes are required on entry and exit at the Manila airport. Recent tax to leave Manila was P750 pesos or about $15 U.S. You can exchange U.S. dollars for pesos prior to leaving the U.S. or when you arrive at the Manila airport. After arriving in the Philippines, you will likely need some cab or tricycle fare. Tricycle fare from the hotel to the hospital is typically P50 pesos. Typical tips are P50 pesos for bellboys or airport porters. If you don’t want to tip, carry your own luggage. Other items you may spend money on include dinners, souvenirs, and sight-seeing.

How much do things general cost in the Philippines?

Things are less expensive in the Philippines than in the U.S.  A nice dinner out could cost you $5 USD, coffee might cost $1 USD.

What is our schedule like?

Our days start early and go until about dinner. We will have some dinners scheduled for the entire team and members of the local community. 

Can we travel after the medical mission?  Are there any suggested travel destinations we should know about?

Yes, you are welcome to travel after the medical mission. Many volunteers go to Boracay: http://www.myboracayguide.com/menuoption/generalinfo.html. Other people spend time in Manila, travel to other parts of the Philippines or other parts of Asia.

If I am not traveling with the main team out of Denver where should I meet with them? 

There are several places along the flight route where you can meet up with the team. Once we have confirmed the flight itinerary we will make sure everyone gets the information, so you can plan to meet us at one of the several stops along the way.

What are my options for fundraising the money for my mission contributions?

There are several ways you can fundraise for your mission contributions. Several volunteers send out letters to family and friends asking for their support. We also have a great online tool where you can create your own fundraising page.  If you are selected to the volunteer team, we will send this information in the welcome pack.

How long is the flight to the Philippines?

This depends where you are flying in from. From the U.S. it is generally a 24-hour travel day. There are several stops along the way and several layovers getting to where we need to go.

What airline does the team normally fly with?

We normally use Philippine Airline or United as they have direct flights from the U.S. to Manila.

2014 Medical Mission

Our 2014 Medical Mission was a huge success. We provided free surgeries to 63 patients, performed 69 procedures including 24 Palates, 40 Lips, 1 combo Palate and Lip, and a few skin tag removals. Download our 2014 Medical Mission Report HERE

Restoring Hope One Medical Mission At A Time:

Mission 2017: Lucena, Philippines

  • 61 Surgeries
  • 54 Patients
  • 24 Cleft Lips
  • 25 Cleft Palates
  • 6 Combination Cleft Lip and Palates
  • 79 Pre-Surgical oral exams performed leading to 15 teeth extracted with 2 patients evaluated for potential Obturators.
  • 11 children sponsored to attend school
  • 3 elementary school visits and more than 1,000 children provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamplet.

Mission 2016: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 74 Surgeries
  • 37 Cleft Lips
  • 37 Cleft Palates
  • 17 Dental Patients, 59 teeth removed
  • 7 Children Sponsored to Attend School

Mission 2015: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 83 Patients
  • 87 Procedures
  • 54 Cleft Lips
  • 33 Cleft Palates

Mission 2014: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 63 Patients
  • 69 Procedures
  • 24 Palates; 40 Lips; 1 Combo Palate and Lip; 3 Misc. Procedures (Skin Tag Removal)

Mission 2013: Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

  • 51 Patients 
  • 60 Procedures 
  • 19 Palates; 35 Lips; 3 Combo Palate and Lips

Mission 2012: San Jose, Antique, Philippines

  • 80 Patients
  • 90 Procedures
  • 22 Palates; 68 Lips

Mission 2011: Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

  • 35 Patients
  • 58 Procedures
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2016 Medical Mission, Feb. 7-12 in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

In just six days, our surgeons performed a total of 74 surgeries, 37 cleft lip surgeries and 37 cleft palate repairs. Our dentists worked with 17 patients, removing a total of 59 teeth. We sponsored 5 children to attend school through our new Education Fund. And our entire volunteer team brought laughter, smiles, and joy to countless children through outreach in the community.

"I feel so honored and very proud to be a part of the 2016 Mending Faces Mission in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines," said Dr. Arnold Ibarreta Jayme, 2015 President of the Rotary Club of Kalibo, currently the only pediatric lung specialist in the Kalibo, and longtime Mending Faces volunteer. "I volunteered my services and saw the lives of many children change for the better, and at the same time meeting so many new friends from all over the world!"

MEDICAL MISSION 2017                                        

 Jan. 29 - Feb. 3 in Lucena, Philippines. In just six days, our surgeons performed a total of 61 surgeries: 54 Patients, 24 Cleft Lips, 25 Cleft Palates, 6 Combination Cleft Lip and Palates; 79 Pre-surgical oral exams were performed; 11 children were sponsored to attend school; three elementary school visits were organized and more than 1,000 children were provided with dental education. Each child received a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a toothbrushing/oral hygiene pamphlet.

 

 

Awards and Accolades:

   In 2015, the remodeling of the OR resulted in the loss of the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) space. The Hospital didn't have resources to equip the new space. Mending Faces stepped in and donated a large air conditioner, beds, monitors, and regulators - more than $8,700 equipment so all surgical patients can receive the best care as they recover. Above is a picture of the Head of Hospital, Dr. Paul Macahilas, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Vic Santamaria, Rotary Secretary, Bing Santamaria, Mission Pediatrician, Dr. Jaime Arnold, Mending Faces’ Liaison, Blesiah Cordova, RN plus many Rotary friends displaying the PACU Plaque after the turnover of equipment.


In 2015, the remodeling of the OR resulted in the loss of the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) space. The Hospital didn't have resources to equip the new space. Mending Faces stepped in and donated a large air conditioner, beds, monitors, and regulators - more than $8,700 equipment so all surgical patients can receive the best care as they recover. Above is a picture of the Head of Hospital, Dr. Paul Macahilas, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Vic Santamaria, Rotary Secretary, Bing Santamaria, Mission Pediatrician, Dr. Jaime Arnold, Mending Faces’ Liaison, Blesiah Cordova, RN plus many Rotary friends displaying the PACU Plaque after the turnover of equipment.

Alex Esclamado Award: Mending Faces chose Kalibo, Aklan as the site for our Medical Missions three years in a row. Our efforts in the hospital and in the community were really appreciated. As part of the nomination process for the Alex Esclamado Award, we received the three below nomination letters.

Letter from the Hospital

Letter from Rotary Club of Kalibo

Letter from Governor

In the News:

Boletin Lucentino: Mending Faces in Lucena 2018

UCHealth: Missioners Giving Back - Mission 2018

DRE Newsletter: A Wonderful Partnership

Medtronic NewsletterMending Faces and Medtronic

Newswire: Our five-year anniversary, and launching our Endowment Fund, distributed to media nationwide

St. Joes: In the Know Newsletter

Examiner: 2014 and 2015 Medical Missions

Asian Avenue 1: A feature about our 2014 Medical Mission

Asian Avenue 2A feature about our 2014 Rib Rub-Off event

Newswire: Our 2014 Restoring Hope event, distributed to media nationwide