If you’re looking for superlative Philippine charity, it’s hard to imagine anything better than Operation Yuhum. In the Hilagaynon or Ilonggo dialect of the central Philippines, “yuhum” means grin or smile. It’s hard to imagine a program which could bring more smiles to the children, their parents, medical workers and volunteers involved in Operation Yuhum. The program has helped to provide reconstructive surgery to hundreds of children on Panay Island, children who were born with deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Before surgery, many of these beautiful children were ashamed to be seen in public, too ashamed to go to school. Their childhood and future prospects were deeply darkened. The operations they receive for free from Operation Yuhum are profoundly transforming for these children, their families, and the medical staff and volunteers who work with them. Information on how you can help follows a few photos I took at a Operation Yuhum clinic at West Visayas Medical Center, a public hospital in Iloilo City.
Much more information, including photos, videos and links are available on the Operation Yuhum website. Your support will be appreciated and put to the best possible use – bringing a new life to a Philippine child.