This is Operation Smile’s upcoming 30th anniversary by the number.
Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity that traces its roots to the Philippines, is set to conduct 10 missions in 9 different sites across the country for 3 weeks participated in by a thousand volunteers from 30 countries for its homecoming dubbed as “The Journey Home.”
Three decades after American couple Bill and Kathy Magee first set foot in the country, Operation Smile is coming back to the Philippines, the birthplace of the worldwide children’s medical charity that provides surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults afflicted with cleft lip, cleft palate and other childhood facial deformities. It all began when the husband and wife team visited the country for a one-time medical mission in Naga City. Around 300 families, hoping to avail of free surgery for their children, trooped to the medical mission site. The Magees and their team however were only able to accommodate 40 children that day. One of the women whose child wasn't accommodated came to the Magees with a bunch of bananas, insistently telling the Magees it was a gift of gratitude for helping all the other children. That powerful memory tugged at the couple's hearts, inspiring them to mobilize support for another medical mission the next year. And the rest, as they say, is history.
“It is indeed a very significant move for OSI (Operation Smile International) to celebrate the organization’s 30th year here in the Philippines. We are privileged and honored to host ‘The Journey Home’,” says Joaquin Quintos, chairman of Operation Smile Philippines (OSP), the in-country organization of OSI.
Operation Smile’s “The Journey Home” is a series of medical missions that seeks to change a child’s life by conducting free surgery to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. “It is touching how the mother organization OSl continues to give back to the country where it began. It is truly a fitting tribute to the country and the Filipinos are equally grateful for this,” says Roberto Manzano, OSP president and executive director.
To find out more about Operation Smile’s “The Journey Home,” call (632) 811-9737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Smile Philippines
Albert F. Santos - +63917 540 2124; email@example.com
Bobby Manzano - +63915 709 0436; firstname.lastname@example.org
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