Ultimately what we do is fund and organize surgical journeys in Latin America. These surgical journeys are for children living in communities in need, who were born with cleft lip and palate but do not have the resources to properly treat the condition. This condition is a birth defect that is often a result of malnutrition during pregnancy, it occurs early in pregnancy. Put simply, it is that the sides of the child’s lips and the roof of its mouth do not fuse together as they should during early development. It is possible to have cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Cleft Lip and Palate has serious social and health repercussions in the lives of children as it impairs their ability to eat, may result in ear infections or even loss of hearing, may cause speech delays or impediments, may present dental problems, and affects the ability to develop socially as it severely impacts physical appearance. Fundraising is done through donations, through hosting events like family skating days, golf tournaments and zumbathons; and through our Piggy Bank Initiative which allows today’s youth to have a Drawing Alegria piggybank and learn early on about social responsibility and helping those in need.
Drawing Alegria is an initiative that officially came to be in 2014 after years of preparation and brainstorming between co-founders Dario and Francisco Garzon. It was decided that they wanted to give back in a way that could incorporate both of their experience and expertise. Ultimately what we do is fund and organize surgical journeys in Latin America. Fundraising is done through donations, through hosting events like family skating days, golf tournaments and zumbathons; and through our Piggy Bank Initiative which allows today’s youth to have a Drawing Alegria piggybank and learn early on about social responsibility and helping those in need.
Ultimately Drawing Alegria looks to give back to communities in need by creating healthier, happier lives. Striving to give back to communities in need is important, and it is time to do so by funding and organizing Surgical Journeys to treat Cleft Lip and Palate. This is a condition affecting many children living in poverty in Latin America, and it presents several threats to overall health and social development.
Drawing Alegria is a fundraising organization supporting Surgical Journeys for Cleft Lip and Palate in Latin America who is working in partnership with FutureWatch EDEP “Building Healthy and Sustainable Communities” as a registered Canadian Charity Organization with registration number 890403843RR0001.
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