mending kids staff
Marchelle L. Sellers, MBA
As a mother of a child who endured 14 surgeries in 13 years, I never realized the luxury of having top surgeons down the street that had all of the knowledge to do the best job for my son. I also never realized until I traveled to other countries, that mothers have no health insurance or options when they discover their child's life-saving surgery is something they will never be able to afford. What makes us so lucky to live in a country with everything we need to get help for our children, while others are so unfortunate. I work every day with a committed staff and Board to ensure that EVERY child and EVERY parent gets the surgery they need to live a long, healthy childhood. Medical care should not be optional or impossible.
I volunteered at Mending Kids for a year and each day I realized this is an organization I want to be associated with. I was blessed when I was hired as a full time employee. Every child deserves a chance at a healthy life. Unfortunately many children in developing countries go untreated forcing them go through life with a physical disability. Working for Mending Kids has given me the opportunity to witness children receiving corrective surgery that will transform his/her life not only physically, but the joy that he or she can rejoin their family and community with confidence. How lucky we are to live in the United States where medical care is available to everyone.
Director of Social Services
I love working for Mending Kids International because we provide transformational surgeries to children from around the world, which otherwise will go untreated. Through God, we give our children an opportunity to live a normal and healthier life. It is a blessing for me to be a part of this amazing organization, in which, we not only changed the lives of children, but their entire family and their community. I believe that all children regardless of their background and financial situation should have access to medical and surgical care. There is nothing more beautiful for a mother, than to see their children healthy.
Shelley M. Holman
Director of Global & Community Outreach
God gave me a heart and spirit of compassion and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to utilize that gift on a daily basis to make a difference in the lives of children worldwide. As a cancer survivor, I know what it is to experience a serious illness and how it affects you, your family, finances, etc. I was lucky to be diagnosed and treated by exceptional doctors, and even more to have the financial ability through insurance for that treatment. It is heartbreaking that this is not available to EVERY person! I am honored to be a part of Mending Kids International to ensure a transformation in these children's lives as well as everyone connected with them. I have truly found my home.
Director of Surgical Missions
I am humbled and privileged to be a part of an incredible journey that challenges me to serve in new ways to make a difference in the world for children and their families in need. Witnessing the small miracles that happen every day when ordinary people work together to do extraordinary things for other people, nurtures my spirit, inspires my soul and restores my faith in mankind. Seeing the light of hope in a mother's eyes where before there was none... is transformational for me and for them...there is no substitute for love and caring. Witnessing the ripple effect, the lasting impact of our work and partnerships on children, families, communities, countries, the world and ourselves. There are no coincidences...only Diosidencias...(God Incidents). I have been blessed to be a part of so many miracles and it is my absolute privilege, honor and duty to serve God the creator by sharing these experiences with others by giving them the opportunity to serve others less fortunate with love.
mending kids part-time staff
Until I came into the the Mending Kids family I had never connected with a philanthropic organization and a group of dedicated people as inspiring to me as the staff, doctors and volunteers that belong to this one. Traveling with amazing pediatric surgical teams across the world, relaying their stories and those of the children whose lives we save has made me understand the power of the written word, the power of a hug when language fails and given me lessons in courage I never imagined I would ever have to face.
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Shirin Heydari, M.S.
USC Graduate Student
Master Degree in Global Health
As a graduate student in USC's Master of Science in Global Medicine program, I have learned the utmost importance of providing children with proper access to healthcare. I am proud to be a part of Mending Kids whose mission is to bridge the gap that exists by providing life-changing surgeries to children living in areas where access to care is difficult due to poverty and lack of infrastructure. It is my pleasure to be a part of an organization that works each day to make a difference in every life no matter how small.
It was my Capstone class from USC's MPA program that led me to this amazing organization that does such great work around the world. I am an international student coming from a developing country, so I know how limited health resources are but more importantly, I understand how precious and rare and brave it is for organizations like Mending Kids to travel so far to so many countries and offer free surgeries to kids in need. As a Bachelor of Finance and with a heart full of passion in nonprofit, I volunteered to help out in the office in the accounting department and I feel so blessed to be a part of the team.
mending kids consultants
J. Robbie Fabian
Campaign for Filipino Children Consultant
The work of Mending Kids is as heartening as it is inspiring. These kids received the gift of life from their mothers when they were born, but they receive the gift of hope from Mending Kids through these life-saving surgeries; hope to live a full life filled with happiness, peace and love in their hearts.
It's one thing to talk about a God who promises healing, quite another to actually experience and be part of real healing. Mending Kids International is literally the healing hands of God, through faith, perseverance, sacrifice and excellence, they are transforming the lives of some of our world's most precious children. Mending Kids does not talk about lofty things like changing the world, they are actually changing the world.
I'm excited to see what God will do through these mended lives and know the measure of any life, is what we give to another. I'm humbled and blessed by this opportunity to help tell the story of what God is doing through the saints and supporters of Mending Kids International.
Social Services Consultant
Working with Mending Kids is the most fulfilling social work that I have ever practiced. We not only mend broken bodies, but ultimately impact the child's family, community, and contribute to the building of a global community.
mending kids interns
Social Media Intern
Mending Kids International doesn't just cover a wound with a bandage, they successfully heal and change the lives of each child they serve. While Mending the bodies of children, Mending Kids leaves a lasting impact of change in the communities they touch, and instill hope to those who are in need of assistance but are in a position unable to fulfill their needs. As a recent graduate from USC's dual MSW/MPA program, I am privileged to work with an organization that allows me to connect the dots between the world of Social Work and the world of nonprofit philanthropy. Mending Kids gives me the opportunity to help children all over the world and be a part of lasting change.
behind the scenes at mending kids
Mike worked as our bookkeeper for many years before continuing on as our internal auditor. He is a professor at a local college and has recently passed his bar exam to become an attorney. Mike is very supportive of Mending Kids and provides us with great assistance.
Working for Mending Kids, I get to help make differences in the lives of children who may not have had a chance otherwise. As a mom, I am passionate about keeping kids healthy, and can't imagine my child not being able to enjoy his childhood because he was sick. Knowing what I do is helping kids get back to being healthy, active and smiling again, is something that makes my job incredibly rewarding.
Internet Technologies / Website Development
I feel blessed being afforded the opportunity to work for such an amazing children's charitable organization like Mending Kids. In 2011, I traveled with Mending Kids to Guatemala and saw first hand the incredible work Mending Kids does in concert with doctors from the U.S. and local pediatric surgical teams. I was so inspired through my experience, when I returned from Guatemala, I resigned from my web development job at a local travel agency, so I could seek out more rewarding work that benefits children and have the opportunity to also work directly with Mending Kids. I couldn't be happier to be working alongside such passionate, giving and talented individuals.