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January 13, 2024

A Gift is a token of gratitude, friendship and even love. Many gifts, however, lose their value over time. They can wear out, break or simply lose their significance. There are relatively few gifts that last a lifetime and even fewer that are used every day for the remainder of the recipient’s life. The Gift of a Smile is such a Gift!

January 13, 2024

The worth of a Child

During our recent cleft lip/palate mission to the Philippines, I was out in public on a Sunday when a boy in the crowd caught my eye. It was obvious that he had had surgery for a cleft lip (although not by ICSF). The lip was drawn up on one side and scarring was severe.

January 13, 2024

ICSF is officially back to a full mission schedule after The Covid-19 pandemic. “We actually were pretty much back to a full schedule in 2022 while the rest of the volunteer mission groups were still in lock-down,” remarks Dr. Williams. Countries served by ICSF in 2023 include: Bolivia (three missions), Peru (two missions), The Philippines (three missions), Vietnam and Pakistan (one mission each).

January 13, 2024

As many of our long-time supporters know, when ICSF was created in 2005 my mother took on virtually all of the office responsibilities so that I could concentrate on the actual planning and running of our surgical l missions. She wrote thank you letters to our donors, handled and recorded donations along with many other office-related duties. When she suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in 2016 it left a huge void—not only an emotional void but also a workload-related void.

January 13, 2024

The worth of a Child

July 25, 2023

In 2016 the ICSF team encountered a very unusual little patient in its annual mission to the Hai Phong, Vietnam Children’s Hospital. Her name was Nhung (pronounced “Nyume”). Nhung, age five at that time, was born with a huge dark, mole covering most of her face. Nhung’s mother had been looking desperately for a way for her daughter’s condition to be treated. She fearfully imagined the time when her daughter would have to go to school and face the ridicule, teasing and marginalization that children with deformities frequently face.

July 25, 2023

Although ICSF was the first overseas organization to resume surgical missions after the onset of Covid-19, there were still a few countries that would not allow even ICSF to enter.

July 25, 2023

The Influence of Mothers

As another Mother’s Day rolls around we at ICSF reflect on our organization’s close bond with mothers. There would be no ICSF without mothers. In fact, it was mothers who were responsible for the inception of our organization.

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 01, 2023

When Mothers Pray

When Melanie gave birth last June in her town of Kalamansat, Philippines, her initial joy quickly turned to devastation. Her newborn daughter whom she had come to love prior to birth, had a large cleft of the lip.

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