Healing the Children Northern California
Medical mission to Ica, Peru
April 15-21, 2018
Cleft lip, cleft palate, and microtia repair
Team of 35 volunteers from California, New York, and Texas
Medical Mission Work and Philanthropy
Healing the Children Northern California (HTC NorCal) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pro bono care to children around the world for whom specialized medical and surgical care is not available. This work is made possible by our volunteer medical teams, including staff from northern California and around the country.
We also rely on financial, logistical, and emotional support from people like you! HTC NorCal is a chapter of Healing the Children, a national 501(c)(3) organization. We have no paid staff.
Every dollar donated helps children receive the care they desperately need.
11-month old Gael Salazar Montenegro was born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. Living in a remote village in the Amazon region of Peru, he was unable to get the medical attention he needed. With the help of Healing the Children’s outreach team, Gael and his family learned about Healing the Children’s Northeast and San Francisco Bay Area chapter's annual facial plastic surgery mission to Ica, Peru. Healing the Children facilitated the 22-hour journey by bus and airplane for Gael and his family and 40 others from the Amazon region to reach the hospital for "screening Sunday". It was clear that Gael needed help and it was agreed that, though he was only 9.3 kilos, he would be strong enough to withstand surgery and his speech, ability to eat solids and appearance would all benefit greatly.
The surgery was performed, and Gael returned to his home in “Amazonas” the day after. The team received word and pictures a few weeks later confirming that Gael is doing great!
It costs approximately $120 for transportation, food and lodging to bring Gael and his mother to Ica for surgery. Please help us bring more children like Gael next year by donating to Healing the Children Northern California.