Healing The Children Northeast provides medical and dental services to children throughout the world who lack medical and financial resources. Sixteen chapters are located across the United States and work together to provide services to children, both domestically and abroad. Healing the Children Northeast is a Connecticut based non-profit organization founded in 1985. At the end of 2018 our Northeast Chapter has provided services to 55,792 children through our three programs.
Our Medical Teams Abroad Program reaches across national boundaries to provide our world’s children with desperately needed medical care. We arrange teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals to go to less developed countries where they provide medical treatments and surgeries for children in need. Our trips have been to India, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Thailand, Bolivia, Honduras, and Brazil to name a few. In 2018 we provided services to 2,341 children and performed 3,535 procedures. From it’s inception in 1985 to the end of 2018 this program alone has provided services to 53,332 children and young adults.
During 2018 our Medical Teams Abroad Program sent out 19 teams to India, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Cape Verde Islands. These specialties were burn, cleft, microtia, speech and dental teams. 282 team members traveled with us this year and 103 were new members.
2018 – breakdown of children treated by specialty:
Burn – 99
Speech – 402
Dental – 912
We sent our 19 teams consisting of Facial Plastic Cleft/Lip and Palate, Microtia (ear), Otolaryngology, Speech Pathology, and Dental.
These teams combined screened a total of 2,341 children and performed 3,535 procedures.
The total value of services donated in-kind for all specialties was valued at $6,946,511.00
Donated medical supplies brought on all of these trips were valued at in-kind $638,713.23
Speech Teams provided educational workshops and training valued at $77,095.00
282 team members traveled to 5 countries during 2018 and 103 of our members were new this year.
Our International Inbound Program brought 2 children to the U.S. One was from Colombia and one was from Belize. One was treated in Westchester, New York, and the other was treated at the NIH in Maryland. Total value of services provided to these two children was $1,286,816.69
Our Domestic Kids Program was also in effect this year. We assisted 6 local children by providing financial assistance for educational scholarships, helping with a house fire, and a treating a case of severe eczema.
We also donated to a local children’s charity, Camilla’s Cupboard, which provided 6,200 meals to 111 children over 8 weeks in the summer.
Examples of what we provide: Facial Plastics/Maxillofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate/microtia (ear), Speech Pathology, Burn and hand reconstruction, dental services such as extractions, minor oral surgery, filings, hygiene and education.
Our Cleft Teams treat cleft lip and palate deformities which are two types of birth defects that occur during the early stages of pregnancy. When the nose, lip, palate and jaw are supposed to fuse but fail to do so, results in a deformity known as a cleft lip or palate. The cleft lip is a gap in between the nose and mouth, while the cleft palate is a huge fissure on the roof of the mouth. This deformity can make eating, drinking, speaking and in some cases breathing difficult.
Millions of children where we travel go untreated and live in isolation. Cleft surgery is simple and the results are life altering.
Did you know that a cleft lip/palate surgery for one child costs $250.00.
Disposable supplies cost as little as $10.00 per surgery
Surgical Blades cost as little as $25.00 per surgery
Sutures cost as little as $50.00 per surgery
Instruments cost as little as $100.00 per surgery
*For as little as $20.83 per month you could support one child’s cleft repair.
The International Inbound Program brings children from developing countries to the United States where we match the needs of the child with a volunteer doctor and/or hospital with that specialty. We arrange for travel to the U.S., as well as visas for the child and parent. A volunteer host family is found who will open their home for the child and parent while the child is receiving medical treatment in the U.S.
In 2017 our International Inbound Program brought in two children, one from Mexico and one from Belize.
The Domestic Kids Program provides medical treatment and assistance to children in our local communities who are unable to get these services due to a lack of financial resources. We have arranged for children to receive services such as dental, eye care and glasses, hearing screening and hearing aids, medical, and surgical care, medical equipment/ apparatus, prescription medications, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.
In 2017 our Domestic Kids Program helped 5 local New Milford children. 2 of these children were financial hardships and we were able to help 3 cover the costs for school enrollment physicals.
Please consider donating to help this sweet little 12 year old girl Daniela.
Daniela is a bright and sweet girl with a great sense of humor.
Daniela is from Santa Marta, Colombia. Our Medical Team first met Daniela while doing medical missions in Colombia.
Sadly, she has been living in the hospital for many years. Daniela was born with a rare disorder of her immune system leaving her susceptible to infections that any other person would easily be able to fight off. Her body has been attacked by bacteria and funguses that have caused a relentless destruction beginning in her sinuses and spreading to all areas of her face. In the past year it has become more aggressive and it now affects her vision and her speech as well. The medical teams have done all they can in the area of Colombia where she lives but she lives with a continually progressing destruction and deformation of her face.
Recently, through the efforts of several infectious disease specialists in the U.S., her diagnosis of Corynespora Cassiicola Disease has been established, and the N.I.H. (National Institutes of Health), in Bethesda, Maryland accepted her case. Daniela and her dad arrived on April 15th and she is now a patient in their facility in Maryland. She is receiving antifungal therapy and doing well. With your help, we are hoping to raise money to help support Daniela and her father while they are here for treatment. This may be a lengthy process and Daniela will need plastic surgery after treatment of the infection.
Please make your tax deductible donation today to help support Daniela while she is in the U.S.
100% of your donation will go to support Daniela.
No amount is too small and we are very grateful for any help you can provide.
Thank you so much in advance.
Update on Daniela:
Through the help of several people, we were able to arrange to transport Daniela and her father to the U.S. through the commitment of the N.I.H. who accepted her case. We could not have done this without the help of many along the way. Instrumental was Dr. Cesar Arias from Houston TX and his connections, Dr. Mihal Lionakis at the N.I.H., Roseanne Jean-Louis and her Avianca Airlines Representative to name a few.
Since her arrival it was discovered that her diagnosis was not correct and the condition was genetically related. Course of treatment has since been changed, and Daniela has gone through some surgery, but still has a long road ahead of her.
A photo of Daniela taken recently by her father at the N.I. H. which shows this little girls spirit!
As part of our Domestic Kids Program,
we are helping Michael with badly needed medical supplies.
We recently received this note of gratitude from Michael’s mother:
I really want to thank you all so very much. I didnt expect this much at all.
It has me teary eyed to know that there are places like this. I called so many place without luck.
Me and Michael thank you from our hearts. I hope one day we can repay and/or pay it forward.
God bless u all,
Edith and Michael
Healing the Children Northeast relies heavily on donations to help children. For every $1.00 donated to our organization, we are able to provide more than $27.00 worth of donated medical care. The need is great and each day, more and more parents turn to us to help their children, around the corner and around the world, one child at a time.