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Click Here to watch this video from the Roser Team trip to Bolivia 23, which just returned. 

Compliments of Colleen Llewellyn




Dear Friend,
We are pleased to report that HEALING THE CHIDREN NORTHEAST has been able to resume our
surgical and dental missions following the hiatus caused by the pandemic.
Since the start of 2022, we have sent surgical missions to Santa Cruz Bolivia, Ivano-Frankivsk
Ukraine, Santa Marta Colombia, and a dental mission to Riobamba Ecuador.
The mission to the Ukraine was a very special undertaking. It was a departure from our usual
focus of treating children. Because we felt the need for our services was so urgent and so necessary,
three members of our Board of Directors (a surgeon and two nurses), and two others of our volunteer
physicians partnered with the charitable arm of The Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery –
Face to Face to a hospital in eastern Ukraine to perform reconstructive surgery on Ukrainian soldiers and
civilians suffering catastrophic injuries relating to the conflict in the Ukraine. It was an extraordinary
mission and we are so proud of them for their desire to help, their courage, and their commitment to
humanity. Fortunately, they all returned safely.
Future missions already in the planning stages include Santa Cruz Bolivia, Cartagena Colombia,
and Ica Peru.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to continue our work. All members of our
mission teams are volunteers. When we travel, we transport all our necessary equipment and supplies
to the sites (sometimes quite remote areas).
Your continued support is essential for us to fulfill our mission and to treat children in need
around the world. Thank you for your continued support.

Warmest regards,


Robert D. Ryan
President, Board of Directors
Healing the Children Northeast, Inc.


Here are several photos (printed with parental permission) of children we recently treated during our trip to Columbia this October. You can see why our missions are so necessary.

Healing the Children Northeast received this letter from the
Ministry of Health, Ukraine.  

Our medical team is returning to Ukraine
to treat those injured during the war, both soldiers and civilians.  

We could really use your support in this very important cause.

 Any amount helps.
Click Here to make a donation to this very special medical mission


Click to read an article about our first trip to Ukraine

An additional article about our Ukraine Mission




Thank you for all your support to make this happen!

Our medical team led by Dr. Andrew Jacono recently returned from Santa Marta, Colombia.

Click Here to see photos

we have received while giving us updates from our wonderful team.

And, Click Here to see additional photos from the trip and add the link below in.
Courtesy of Syma Funt Ryan.


Medical Trips Abroad News Update – Ukraine:

We would like to welcome our medical team home from Ivano Frankivsk Ukraine!  

We kept the dates secret until our team was safely back home here in the United States. The team traveled to Ukraine September 14 – 24, 2022.  We are so grateful to our wonderful team members for their brave journey into Ukraine to treat the victims of war torn Ukraine. They were able to treat 34 patients.

This was a trip like no other! 

CLICK HERE to more about it in our fall newsletter!

Many thanks to Dr. Manoj Abraham for leading our team, as well as the other humanitarian organizations involved in this successful mission, FACE to FACE, and Razom.  We also would like to thank Healing the Children Northeast members Dr. Augustine Moscatello, Dr. Glenn Castaneda, Debbie Fritz, RN and Susan Ketigian, RN for their dedication and involvement to make this mission possible.

Our Team arriving at the hospital


Welcome home Team!

Click for an interview with Dr. Abraham, Team Leader

This picture was created by a young, talented artist, Alejandro Agud.

 Click to read about his experience and see photos from Dr. Andrew Jacono’s 2022 trip to

Santa Marta, Colombia


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from taxable income and qualify for the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).

Office update: 

We welcomed Margaret DiStassio, RN to our office staff in August 2022.  Margaret has been a travel nurse with many of our teams.  She joined Healing the Children Northeast in 2002 and has traveled with various teams to Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, and Bolivia on 25 missions. 

HTCNE is pleased to welcome back our former employee, Katerina Kruzykowski Coutsouradis. Katerina will be helping us in our office as well!



Congratulations to Healing the Children Northeast for reaching the Platinum Guidestar Rating.

Donations are needed!

We are currently fundraising for the following:

ICA, PERU – Needs funding for COVID-19 supplies

LIMA, PERU PATIENT RECRUITER  – Needs funding for COVID-19 supplies.

SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA / UNIMA – Needs funding to help them build a building so that the parents and families have a place to stay while their child recovers from surgery.

** Please use this specific DONATE NOW tab below and then indicate on the drop down menu where you would like your donation allocated to.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible
and we will send you a tax donation letter for your contribution.

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Thank you in advance.

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You shop the same Amazon site you are used to seeing;
same products and prices and HTCNE earns 0.5% per purchase.

How to Shop AmazonSmile:

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3. Shop as normal

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Throughout the entire year you can always purchase
a community bag
at ANY Big Y Store location in CT or MA
by filling out the giving tag and naming
Healing the Children Northeast
 and we will receive $1.00 from that purchase.    

Healing the Children Northeast, Inc.


Is 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer organization. Our purpose is to help children throughout the world receive medical care unavailable to them due to a lack of medical and financial resources or health insurance. 

 To date, 60,397 patients have been helped through our 3 programs. Our Medical Teams Abroad Program alone has helped 55,541 children since 1985. As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing donated medical care to children in need around the corner and around the world. During 2020 we were able to provide $2,167,940.87 worth of services in our 3 programs.

Healing The Children Northeast, located in New Milford, Connecticut, is committed to arranging free surgical, dental and medical treatment for children in need. Children are provided services through three programs:

International Inbound Program

Domestic Kids Program

Ukraine Trauma Team
Spring 2023
Gilman Cleft Team
Cartagena, Colombia
Feb 8 - 18, 2023
POSTPONED: Rousso/Ransom Cleft Team
Ica, Peru
April 14 - 23, 2023
Keiser/Dental Team
Amazon Region, Peru
Oct 20 - 28, 2023