I volunteered with MMFC as an administrator and translator in their June Guatemala 2013 mission. From the moment we arrived I was impressed with their organization and efficiency. The minute we got there the nurses when straight to the "hospital" to stock all the suplies needed. The sinergy between the Mmfc team and the local staff was seamless. The support the local staff gave mmfc was instrumental in the success of the mission. In return the Mmfc doctors and nurses were very grateful and equally supportive of the local staff training them during the surgeries. The whole process was very effective.
Although the MMFC team came from different places around the world NY, LA, Boston, London, San Francisco everyone knew their job and worked tirelessly to help as many children as possible.
It was beautiful to see how sweet, compassionate and caring the whole MMFC team was with the children and their families.
The work MMFC does is life changing for the children with cleft lips and palates and their families. As the translator I got to hear over and over again how grateful they were to the Mmfc team. As one father put it when he came to the recovery room to hold his child after the surgery "I don't have any money to pay you but I know God is watching and he will reward you". Of course we were all in tears... SZ
I am a member of Medical Mission For Children (MMFC) since 1998, working as a PeriOperative registered Nurse in the operating room.
Since the very beginning I was hooked on the mission and I traveled to Ecuador, Peru, China dn the Phillippnes.
MMMFC is a very unique organization, in addition to traveling at least monthly all over the world and providing children with a second chance in life, to live a normal and productive life, the mission also provides education to the local staff with lectures or hands on participation.
The mission embraces volunteers from all over the world, any religous back ground or ethnic group with no descrimination.
It is a wonderful experience to be able to associate and work with such a diverse group of people while receiving such a rewarding feeling in return.
Just ot see the looks on the faces of the parents whn they see their child look like a normal child brings tear to my eyes and I know that I made a difference in someone's life, a feeling that is priceless and of upmost rewarding.
I would encourage everyone to join MMFC or doante to the cause.
I co-founded and am the president of the Children of Peru Foundation, a 501c3 charity doing work in Peru helping poor children in the areas of healthcare and education.
The Children of Peru Foundation partnered with MMFC for the first time in 2007 to fund their Cuzco mission. Since then we have financed this mission every single year. This June 2013 will be the 7th time that we sponsor the Cuzco mission.
We cannot stress enough the seriousness and quality of the work done by MMFC. Nurses, doctors, anesthesiologists, surgeons, all participants donate their time and work very hard (days of 12/14 hours worked are common) during the week of the mission. The results are always impressive: children and their families see their lives changed forever after the surgeries.
The Children of Peru Foundation is also very happy with the level of reporting done by MMFC. All the spending is itemized and backed-up with all the needed receipts, and the numbers of surgeries/procedures, as well as quantity of children is properly documented.
MMFC is clearly a worthy charity that deserves all the donations they can get. We are very proud to be associated with MMFC and hope that we will be able to continue making a difference together in Peru.