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Healing, Health, & Hope Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: The Corporation will provide plastic surgery, pediatric surgical services, and other medical services to persons in need and persons for whom such services are not otherwise generally available, principally in countries outside the United States in which there is a need. The Corporation is organized and will be operated at all times exclusively for charitable purposes.

Target demographics: children & families

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 patients

Geographic areas served: Central & South America

Programs: pediatric clinics, dental clinics, and surgeries to developing areas which do not have these provided, and families who cannot afford it.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to follow this group through Facebook. Although I can't speak directly for the patients that are helped, I can say that everything seems to be done at a grass-roots and yet highly professional level. They have taken an issue that was once difficult for me to connect with and made it personal through stories and photos. It helps that I know one of the volunteers, but that is what grass-roots is all about - connecting with your immediate circle. I'm happy to help expand that information circle by rating this fantastic organization with many, many stars.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know from personal experience the great work that Dr. Retson does. All of the people involved are the best people I know. To selflessly give up precious time to help those misfortunate is truly admirable. The pictures they come back with from their trips are eye opening.

Laura211

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People doing the right thing for the right reason. This organization is 100% overhead-free, so all of the donations go directly to getting the team to the countries with all the equipment, medications, and supplies that they need for the week. The number of children and adults whose lives are changed forever and for the better is astounding with each trip, and the team has been on 40 trips now. The world would be a better place if there were more organizations like this one around.

Diana71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the Healing, Health, and Hope team for many years and you cannot find a more compassionate, caring team than they are. What they accomplish in one week in a country with not the best of conditions is amazing. Their Hearts are definitely there to provide Hope for the Health of all the children, and adults, that they provide surgical care to. They are the best!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have gotten to know this organization this year and have been impressed with their vision and work. My family and I are involved with other charities as well, and we are happy to support Healing, Health & Hope and their endeavors. What impressed me the most was how passionate everyone was about making a difference. From the time the volunteers put in, the fundraisers they have to help their cause, to the smiling faces on the kids and families that they help, Healing Health & Hope is a worthwhile organization to donate to.

Donor

Rating: 5

Healing, Health, and Hope does just what its name suggests. All those involved with this charity are committed to helping better the quality of life for others. Healing, Health, and Hope consistently demonstrates true passion and selfless dedication to their mission.

Over the past several months, my husband, daughter, and I have had the opportunity to meet one of the children HHH has been helping. She is a beautiful, curious, energetic two year old little girl who radiates with pure happiness. HHH flew her thousands of miles from her home and family in order to provide her with the necessary medical treatments. As a mother of an 18 month old daughter, I cannot imagine the anxiety and fear her parents must have felt when they sent her with HHH, let alone the fear and confusion this two year old girl must have experienced leaving her family. However, seeing the lengths HHH has gone to provide her so much love and support has touched my heart. A significant bond of love and trust has formed between the volunteers of Healing, Health, and Hope and this little girl, and it is truly heart warming and inspiring.

My family looks forward to continuing to support Healing, Health, and Hope - however we can. We will forever be grateful for the opportunity we had to meet one of their young patients, to provide her a fun day of play, and of course watching as our daughter made a new friend!

Donor

Rating: 5

Healing, Health and Hope is a wonderful organization comprised by a group of caring, compassionate and selflessly giving individuals. Their efforts touch the lives of many families today and for many years to come. Their name barely scratches the surface of all of the amazing things that they do for others who are much less fortunate than we are. I am proud to be a donor and plan to support them as often as I possibly can.

Jon_20

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity makes a real difference in children's lives. When you donate, you know that your money is going to help kids that really need it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The 100% volunteer policy makes sure that you get the most bang-for-your-buck with this charity - nobody in the organization is getting paid for their services. The children they help get to live perfectly normal lives, instead of living as outcasts because of their deformities, or growing up helpless because of their crippling injuries.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love what HHH does and look forward to supporting them as they continue on their selfless mission

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healinghealthandhope 02/02/2014

Matt is a great volunteer who has been donating our website space and is working on a new design for it. We appreciate his time and work very much!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no I in this team. Everyone works hard on our trips. But it begins at home base, packing ,sorting checking lists twice. We have to take 98% of what we will be needed for surgeries with us . There is no Wal Mart down the road . Everyone works very well together. We all do whatever task is needed to be done a at the time. Our payment is a smile and a hug from a patient that can now speak or eat more normally. Some can now use a hand that they could not use before. All the stories we hear are unspeakable here in America.
It makes you take a better look at what is important in your life. Material things mean so little . Believe us when we say they have next to nothing except each other.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far one of the most impressive Non-Profits I have come across in a long time. Their selfless nature is beyond amazing. They give their time, their talents and all of themselves to help each of their patients to the best of their abilities for the best results that can be achieved. They give children and adults the ability to do things they would not be able to do without them, give them confidence they may not have had or lost and the sincere love these patients and their families need to trust them without question. The success stories they have can bring tears to your eyes. The few patients that come back to America with them are treated as their own, loved as their own and shielded from anything that may have a negative impact on them. They give up their own time to be available when necessary. I am absolutely amazed at how well this organization is run and wish so many more could use their standards as an example. They don't don't get much better than this.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met one of the organizers from this organization, Michelle Retson, and she presented to me what their group does on a yearly basis to help those who do not have access to surgical care for ailments like severe burns and cleft palates. Their work is purely selfless and generous. They are unlikely to solicit praise from the work they do, and the head surgeon (Michelle's father) prefers to remain anonymous from praise altogether.

I was deeply impressed with the pure volunteerism this organization displays, and I believe they are an honorable organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful team that works HARD! Everyone gives up their vacation time to go. No one gets paid by the organization for any of our work. We have 10-15 hour days at the hospital every day, we are exhausted at the end of the week, but we have a BLAST helping these people. The stories we hear each day from the patients are just unbelievable: of people traveling 30 hours just to see if we will give their child surgery, of a child doused in gasoline and set on fire because her father was angry, of children being shunned from their communities and not allowed in school because they look different, of a mother burned so badly in a car accident she could not hold her newborn son - these are the people we go to help. People who would not be able to afford it, or would not have access to it. Every trip makes me so much more grateful for how lucky we are in the US to have the opportunities that we do. These trips are hard work, but every life we make easier makes it worth it.

HHH works with Esperanca, another NPO based in Arizona. They have offices in the countries we visit, so their employees can organize the destination half of the trip while we get our supplies and game plan together before we arrive. This works very efficiently and ensures we can use every hour of our time to help as many people as we can.