Why does ICSF do all of its own fundraising and not use professional fundraisers? When I first initiated ICSF in 2005 and was looking for money to fund our cleft palate missions, someone suggested using professional fundraisers.
You are a young mother living in the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia. Your country is the poorest in South America. You have a new baby—your first, but all is not well. Although you, your young husband, and your mother and father had, with great joy, anticipated the birth of your first child, your hopes were dashed when your daughter was born with a number of birth defects.
The mountainous Philippine countryside flew by as I sat on the back of the motorcycle taxi. As I looked to my right side I got a fleeting glimpse of a child by the side of a small house. Although the scene rapidly fled my view, the image of the child’s face caught in my mind. There was something troubling about the image—and then I realized that the child had a severe facial deformity.
2013 saw ICSF add yet another service to its regimen of treatments for children born with clefts in the developing world, with the implementation during ICSF’s October mission to Pucallpa, Peru of dental appliance services for cleft patients, to aid in speech and eating.