October 26, 2014

Jonathan Almencion was four years old when his mother first brought him to have his cleft palate treated at ICSF’s Cadiz, Philippines, cleft palate mission in 2011.

September 24, 2014

It was late March 1998 when Dr. Geoff Williams was invited by a team of his Taiwanese mentors to join them in a free cleft palate mission to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

September 24, 2014

Why Not Professional Fundraisers?

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.

September 06, 2014

Only the Brave

As I sat there in the Cebu, Philippines, pre-operative clinic I almost had to look away from the horribly deformed teenage girl sitting in front of me.

April 28, 2014

Encyclopedia Britannica contacted Dr. Geoff Williams in December 2013 to request that he rewrite the online encyclopedia’s cleft lip and palate section.

March 11, 2014


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.

February 13, 2014

None of the kids in Sandangan, Zamboanga Del Norte, Philippines, knew who the mysterious new girl was. She had suddenly appeared as though she belonged there.

January 09, 2014

Since its first full year of operation in 2006, ICSF has performed free surgeries and taught local health professionals in all four hemispheres of the world, every year, up to the present.

December 25, 2013


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.

August 13, 2013

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.

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