FIDI's latest charity project was Operation Smile Honduras’ (OSH).
Operation Smile was chosen in 2015 as the project that could make a real tangible difference to the lives of vulnerable, poverty stricken children. Operation Smile Honduras provides surgery for children born with cleft lip and palate malformations in impoverished communities in Honduras, where access to medical care is limited. During the project, the FIDI Community raised USD$165,000 for OSH, which translates as lifesaving surgery provided to 330 children.
Operation Smile Honduras performs transformational surgery on children affected by these conditions, allowing them the chance of a normal childhood. The multidisciplinary team at Operation Smile Honduras includes speech therapists, feeding specialists, nutrionists, paediatricians, social workers, plastic surgeons, dentists, psychologists and volunteers, who give food and assistance to travelling families who arrive at the clinic from all over Honduras.
The FIDI donations raised have been used directly durign FIDI medical missions. In December 2016, the first FIDI OSH Mission took place and 89 children received surgery. A further 11 children were operated on soon after. In 2017 and 2018, 3 additional medical missions took place, which saw a further 100 children receiving surgery. In 2019, further missions will take place for a final 80 children, who will have their lives transformed thanks to these FIDI Community donations.
If you would like to make a final donation, you can do so via the dedicated Gofundme page:
“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.” - Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President
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Even though FIDI's Charity project has ended, Operation Smile Honduras mission to provide surgery to children is still going strong. Individuals or companiescan "adopt" a child by donating $500, the average cost for one child's surgery.
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