December 03, 2011

‘I saw her face many times in my mind’

December 02, 2011

For four years, Dr. Williams has been using a surgical technique he developed to create more beauty in the lips of bilateral cleft lip patients. He presented details about the technique at the American Cleft Palate Association’s 68th Annual Scientifi c Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 4-9. “The presentation was well-received, and afterward a number of surgeons were interested in implementing the technique,” reports Dr. Williams. “I owe a lot to ICSF and its supporters, too,” he adds.

December 01, 2011

Due to very good continued donor support to ICSF, two new team missions were carried out in April (Hai Phong, Vietnam Children’s Hospital) and in May (Cebu, Philippines Children’s Sanitorium). This brings the total of locations where ICSF serves team missions to seven.

July 05, 2011

“A record number of surgeries is being made possible by our donors. We had expected to see donations decrease during the economic downturn, but this has not been the case,” re- ports ICSF President Dr. Geoff Williams. “I don’t know how we could be this fortunate in these hard times—but we are. I hope God pours out many blessings upon our good supporters for the help they are making possible around the world,” says Dr. Williams.

July 04, 2011

The ICSF medical team in January’s Kabankalan, Philippines, mission witnessed what is probably a record for blown kisses in a twenty-four-hour period. (To clarify, a “blown” kiss is not referring, in this circumstance, to botching a kiss, but rather to the act of placing a kiss on one’s hand and then blowing it toward another individual at a distance).

July 03, 2011

The noblest little ones

July 01, 2011

by Popular Demand

A number of ICSF’s supporters were particularly touched by the article in our last newsletter about little Esther, a severely burned baby who was treated during ICSF’s October mission to Kenya. Esther healed well from her skin grafting and will be visited by Dr. Williams in his annual October trip to Kenya.

April 02, 2011

First Team Mission to Kenya

In addition to surgical missions to Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico, ICSF served its first team mission to Kenya in the fourth quarter of 2010. An ICSF team composed of American, Filipino, and Kenyan doctors and nurses treated children who had a variety of conditions, including cleft lips and palates, acute burns, and congenital webbing of the arms, during ICSF’s first team mission to the poorest region of Kenya, western Kenya.

April 01, 2011

Boise’s BEST students Raise Funds for ICSF

Neil Jaraczek, special education teacher at Borah High School in Boise, Idaho, heard about ICSF and had the idea that fundraising to help ICSF treat children in poor countries would be both fun and therapeutic for his special ed students. He was right!

April 01, 2011

Poor Folks Don’t Care

“These poor folks don’t care, don’t have to make them look perfect!” The date was late February 2006. I had been invited to join a large volunteer team to perform cleft operations in the Philippines. The senior surgeon continued, “These poor folks are just glad to have the hole closed — they really don’t care if it doesn’t look perfect.” I listened quietly as I continued to work on nine-year-old Jenny’s bilateral cleft lip. I had been operating for more than three hours and obviously had drawn the attention of the group’s leadership. It was late — at least for the team I was with at the time — past 5 p.m. On the first day of the mission, in a meeting, the group’s leader had announced that our goal was to be out of the hospital by 4 p.m. every day so that we could make it to the beach for a few hours of R&R.

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