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
- Full Surgical Missions are large missions (15-25 team members) where we often invite non-medical volunteers to join us in mending lives. In 2015 these teams will travel to Costa Rica, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru. If you are interested in taking part in one of these trips, please fill out the Mission Volunteer Interest Form.
- Micro-Team Missions
- Micro-Team Missions are composed of a smaller medical team rather than a larger, full missions.
- One-Man Missions
- One-Man Missions are planned and led by one or two surgeons who will travel to a developing country to perform specialized pediatric surgeries.
- Partnership Missions
- Partnership Missions include partnering with a NGO and sponsoring a pediatric surgical mission together.