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January 01, 2023

Leann had always celebrated Christmas but had never thought of it as a time of gifts and presents. In fact, Leann and her family were too poor to exchange any Christmas gifts at all. Christmas time, 2018, was especially hard for Leann. She, ten months previously, had given birth to a daughter, Aerose, who had a severe facial deformity, a cleft lip and palate. Ever since that day Leann had grieved for her daughter’s future. She envisioned teasing, ridicule, rejection and loneliness. But then in late November, 2018, Leann heard about an American cleft team coming to her region.

January 02, 2022

In 2019 a non-surgical humanitarian team from the United States encountered an eighteen month-old girl in Ecuador named Jessica, born with a complete bilateral (two sided) cleft of her lip and palate. At first, the team didn’t know where to turn for help. That’s when Cheryl Dean, a member of the humanitarian team, decided to search the internet and find a team who had a reputation for doing careful surgery for children with clefts. She landed on ICSF’s website and after reading about ICSF’s values and goals decided to make the call.

January 02, 2022

While much of the world is still in lockdown due to Covid-19, ICSF led the way for the rest of the American surgical organizations by sending out the first surgical team since the start of Covid-19.

January 02, 2022

Zea was too young to know she had a serious birth defect. Her mother and father knew though. Zea’s defect was a bilateral cleft lip, a defect which is more serious than most because it involved a cleft on both sides of the lip. This type of cleft is known for being very difficult to treat—typically with poor results. Zea’s parents grieved, even though they knew they could get free surgery. They had seen the results of some of these surgeries on other children in the area, performed by various medical groups, and none looked even close to normal.

January 02, 2022

Who really cares?

I frequently read websites and ads from other overseas mission organizations. One claim is common to all. They all say, “our surgeries are life-changing,” or even “life saving.”

June 06, 2020

As the saying goes, you never know the value of what you have until you lose it. I came to believe this ever so poignantly when I was, without warning, notified of my mother’s unexpected death in July of 2016, while I was away on a cleft palate mission in Pakistan.

June 06, 2020

The Philippines, a country with a huge demand for ICSF’s cleft palate services, was the recipient of three missions, January through March in 2020’s first quarter.

June 06, 2020

A Mother’s Last Journey

The ICSF surgical team, after completing a long day of surgeries, had left the OR to check our pre- and post-operative patients in the hospital ward. We had barely entered the ward when an unusual sight caught my eye at my immediate left.

January 16, 2020

August through December, three locations in the Philippines and one in Bolivia were recipients of ICSF’s efforts to provide free treatment for facial deformities to poor children in developing countries—at the same level of care that American children receive.

January 16, 2020

This Holiday season, give the gift that lasts a lifetime. Give the Gift of a Smile….to a poor child suffering from a facial deformity in a poor country. ICSF can provide a life-changing surgery for a poor child for only $290. Give the gift that lasts a lifetime, the Gift of a Smile!!!

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