Mending Kids assembles teams of surgeons, medical personnel and volunteers to travel to developing countries on specialized missions with the purpose of helping as many children requiring life-saving or life-changing surgeries as possible. Our surgical mission trips deliver a cost-effective, close to home solution for providing free surgeries to children who would otherwise have no access to these procedures. Missions also serve as a training ground for Mending Kids teams to create self-sustainable mentorship programs in partnership with local surgeons and medical communities. Over time, this empowers the local medical staff to with the skills they need to operate more complex cases on their own!
In 2015, hundreds of children worldwide will receive life-changing and life-saving surgeries from more than 20 different volunteer mission teams. By the end of the year, our missions will have touched the lives of children in China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States.
All Mending Kids mission types provide comprehensive training to local surgeons and staff, creating self-sustainable teaching programs and the exchange of knowledge.
- Full Surgical Missions
- 10-15+ member teams provide surgical and recovery care while training local providers. These large missions are usually designed to address complex cases where multiple surgeons are needed, and/or to serve a greater number of children requiring longer recovery time. Training is equally emphasized between the operating room and recovery care. These missions allow non-surgical team volunteers to participate. To learn more, read our FAQs and fill out our Mission Volunteer Interest Form.
- Micro-Team Missions
- 5-8 member teams typically cater to sites where post-operative nursing skill sets and standards of care have met a safety threshold. These smaller teams are deployed usually consisting of more surgical crew than recovery care crew. Training is focused in the operating room on these trips. These missions allow a very limited number non-surgical team volunteers to participate. To learn more, read our FAQs and fill out our Mission Volunteer Interest Form.
- One-Man Missions
- Only 1-3 surgeons and/or medical support staff. These small impact teams are deployed to work with local surgeons in the operating room shoulder-to-shoulder on a variety of cases. Typically, intense training is conducted on specific procedures that the local surgeon has requested advanced work and oversight.
- Partnership Missions
- Mending Kids partners with other NGOs to pool resources together and deploy surgical teams in order to provide more training and surgical care to even more countries worldwide.