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Elizabeth Desmond

Elizabeth Desmond
United States
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Dear Family and Friends, 

This May 2017, I am joining the Operation of Hope team in Bulawayo and Harare, Zimbabwe to provide necessary cleft lip/palate and burn surgeries for children and adults, as a non medical volunteer.

On this trip, the board-certified surgeons and nurses along with the help of non medical staff, will be specifically working with burn victims, as a result of accidents involving boiling water, hot oils, acids, fire and electricity, and those with cleft/lip palate facial deformities. The team goal is to perform at least 60 surgeries in 13 days of operating, or roughly 5 surgeries a day. The patients will travel from all over Zimbabwe, from the north to the capital city, Harare and from the south to Bulawayo, often at the recommendation of priests and clergymen who are ambassadors of the foundation.

As a volunteer in both Bulawayo and Harare, Zimbabwe my role will be to support the surgical team members and work adminstratively in paperwork, scheduling, and general organization. 

My hope is to raise funds specifically to support the pre and post operative programs for the patients and their families. If you have any interest in contributing to these programs or supporting the foundation, please consider doing so here and recieve a fully taxable charitable deduction.



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