Last November 30, 2016, APO held it's annual outreach program benefitting the children of the Noordoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines, Inc (NCFPI) at the Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. These children all received their new smiles from Smile Train which is the world's largest cleft charity. They have done 1.5 million surgeries worldwide since 1999. Their global aim is to provide comprehensive cleft care to patients in need, and by partnering with hospitals and organizations like Noordoff, they provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries, speech therapy, and orthodontic and dental service for the cleft patients. APO is one of these partner organizations of the NCFPI, providing free Orthodontic services, volunteers and materials for the children.
By Dr. Crissie Camara Santayana and Dr. Rossana Sanchez
"Loves Makes Whole" — this was the theme of our APO Outreach Event, held last November 30, 2015 at Our Lady Of Peace Hospital at San Dionisio, Paranaque, in coordination with the Noordhoff CranioFacial Foundation, Inc. The program began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which was a beautiful reminder of our renewed mission in life — to share one's talents and blessings for the good of the underprivileged sector in society and hopefully give them a second chance in life!
Our target group here were indigent patients who have suffered from cleft and other craniofacial defects but through a multidisciplinary team approach, were given a second chance in life, to look and speak normally, for hope of a better life.