Our second speech mission to Kabankalan, Negro Occidental, Philippines starts Monday morning January 30th! We anticipate 25 children for speech therapy and likely 40 patients for cleft lip or cleft palate surgery over the 2 week mission! I always have great intentions with the blog- but once we are in the mix of the work...there are delays in blogging! Please check back periodically and keep us in your prayers for a safe and successful mission!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Susan and I were busy with therapy and on-going screenings today! 3 children from last year continued to show good speech as a result of their surgery in 2010! 5 children from last year's therapy group arrived for follow-up and are now on our list to recieve therapy for 2 weeks! Last year 6 of the children came over from Kabankalan, on the island of Negros (a day's trip) for daily speech therapy. 4 of those children have returned this year (Angelyne "Tata", Fhebie, Luziel, Elma) with another child, who had her palate repaired in May, joining us from Negros as well. We will see them twice a day; they are staying in the education center of a local church. They greeted us late this afternoon with "Good afternoon Mum Theresa Snelling and Mum Susan Stempel." Then they set up the preschool table in their temporary home and were ready for speech therapy. Above, meet , Luziel, Elma, Tarah,Tata, and Fhebie (top to bottom.) They are a joy to work with- except it doesn't feel like 'work' at all!