Field Updates

Met this spirited 11 year old boy today. Those of you with little ones can only imagine trying to keep the balance of encouraging curisousity while maintaining boundaries for safety because they have a keen talent of getting themselves into danger.
We’re all familiar with that phrase. But how about “she wears many gloves.” As is the story with countless others before and legions since, Ginna Parro left her home in Columbia at twenty-two with her little brother Juan in search of a better life. The promise of an education and the opportunity to send money back home lead her to Costa Rica
Several weeks ago Sawyer discovered the simple, yet magical joy of blowing bubbles. It’s become an obsession of his. And frankly, of mine. He wakes up some mornings and the first thing he says is, “hey bubble!” The night before I was likely toiling in the kitchen like a mad scientist attempting to concoct the perfect mixture of dish soap, water and corn syrup. Not too thick. Not too runny. We spend hour upon hour chasing bubbles in the backyard these days.
The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying, researching, cultivating, making proposals and closing gifts with constituents capable of donating gifts in excess of $10,000. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for setting, executing and implementing a strategic fundraising plan.  
Training this week was amazing! Our nurses and the pediatric ICU nurses at Hospital Cheick Zaid here in Rabat have been inseparable. We had a great lecture on Wednesday evening which ended in a demonstration of how to swaddle babies who are receiving mechanical support. 
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines General Hospital-Physicians for Peace Walking Free clinic has become the venue for assembling the water filtration systems for those without clean water...
Saving the Sight of a Child is a multi-pronged initiative and includes training teachers to identify and refer early vision problems of their students, recruiting volunteer optometrists to provide care in underserved areas and improving access to quality care through the establishment of satellite vision clinics. 
Earlier this year, I attended a Physicians for Peace multi-specialty mission to a rural region of the Phillipines where we provided vision and disability care with the local clinic. The Philippines is made up of literally thousands of islands.  Because of it's landscape, rural areas often lack access to the care they need to lead healthy and fulfiling lives.
An update on how the typhoon has impacted our work in the Philippines... The two schools that Physicians for Peace conducted much needed vision screenings and eyeglass dispensing this October in Tacloban City were Sto. Nino Elementary School and B. Bulante Elementary School...
Ron Sconyers, President and CEO of Physicians for Peace, was honored to present the Philippines Board of Trustees and volunteer corps with our special 2013 President’s Award for their 15 years of selfless service to the people of the Philippines.  
Wilma Grace M. Nieva, OD "Doc Wilma", volunteer Optometrist from Pampanga understand volunteering makes you feel good. You learn about other people, other people’s culture and behavior. As one of my favorite Bible verses says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive. I always have that in my mind and my heart. 
Bibiana Gama’s recognition as the Mission Support Volunteer of the Year Medical Diplomat Award recipient was well deserved. Gama has volunteered with Physicians for Peace for three years, supporting Physicians for Peace with English/Spanish translations and assisting the Global Health Programs in mission logistics and preparation. 
This year’s physician award goes to Dr. Eid Mustafa for his dedication and leadership, not only during the past year, but since our founding. Dr. Mustafa was among the small group of visionary physicians that Dr. Charles E. Horton Sr. brought together in 1988 for the first formal organizing meeting of Physicians for Peace.  
Each year at our annual gala, we recognize outstanding volunteers whose contributions have made an extraordinary impact on our mission. It was a great honor to present a joint award to...
"What do you want to be when you grow up" is the question I commonly ask school children when conducting our Physicians for Peace (PFP) “Save the Sight of the Child” missions. Young as they are, their specific aspiration is to secure a good education. 
Resource Mother Maria Elena knows about indignation.  She relates the story of a recent struggle she faced in her work as a Resource Mother in the barrio of Yasmina Viejo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
A partnership between the Malian Ministry of Health (MOH), Physicians for Peace (PFP), Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), and Safe Blood for Africa (SBFA) is reducing mortality from the severe shortage of safe blood in Segou, Mali by establishing a blood center at Hôpital Nianankoro Fomba (HNF).
We congratulate our very own Dr. Josephine R. "Penny" Bundoc as the selected "Mabini Presidential Awardee" by no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Every year, the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. ...
Meet Larrence, a smart ten year old boy with astigmatism and highly impaired vision. Larrence has had trouble reading and seeing the chalkboard for over two years, but never told his family. He knew they could never afford the cost of a pair of prescription...
This summer, dozens of campers gathered outside of Port-au-Prince for an experience unlike any other. Thanks to a grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, Physicians for Peace helped coordinate a Camp Jake for Haitians with disabilities...

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