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.
Sadly, we lost Daniela, but she will always be remembered by all who knew her as a bright, spirited little girl who lived her short life to the fullest, appreciating every moment.
Daniela was from Santa Marta, Colombia. Our Medical Team first met Daniela while doing medical missions in Colombia.
A photo of Daniela taken 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.