NEWSLETTER JUL 2021
PROTECTIVE CLOTHES FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN HCMC
Over the past months, we have been seeing a new surge in cases across the country and HCMC has been kicked off the historic vaccination campaign. In an effort to fight Covid-19, Operation Smile has sponsored thousands of protective clothes for frontline healthcare workers of 4 hospitals in HCMC, including Thu Duc city hospital, District 11 hospital, National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology HCMC, University Medical Center. Specifically, 2,000 protective clothes, 2,500 N95 masks, and 2,500 face shields have been delivered to those medical centers.
DONATE ANTIBACTERIAL MASKS TO HOSPITALS AND PARTNERS
Amid the battle with covid-19, Operation Smile and Esquel group continue to send anti-bacterial and washable masks – DETERMINANT – to hospitals, partners, medical professionals, etc.
Since April, more than 118,000 DETERMINANT masks have been sent to those who are in need. They express their appreciation for the donation which is essential for safety in outbreaks.
MOMO COMMUNITY AND SPONSORS BRING 125 NEW SMILES TO THE WORLD
In cooperation with Sika and CMC group, 2 campaigns to raise funds for surgical activities received huge support from the MoMo community in June. Besides, MoMo users have donated to Trai Tim MoMo that helps restore 27 smiles for children with cleft.
Sika and MoMo users joined hands to help 70 children born with cleft lip and palate
The campaign sponsored by the CMC group will help repair 28 smiles
iRACE AND FRIENDS HAS A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN ON MOMO
July starts smoothly when the campaign sponsored by iRace and friends finished in just a few days. The campaign helps raise funds for 10 cleft surgeries and promotes habits for a more active lifestyle among the community. By recording footsteps through jogging or running, MoMo users will be able to collect more Golden Pig and donate to the campaign.
STORY OF THE MONTH
We would like to tell a fairy tale about John Hennigan, an Irish teacher in Hanoi who has adopted Liam, a Vietnamese baby with a cleft palate.
Hennigan has lived in Vietnam for six years. He is an English teacher at the British – Vietnamese International School (BVIS). With many years of working in education, he loves children and has an intention of adoption.
In early June 2020, a Vietnamese friend sent Hennigan a picture of a newborn baby with a cleft palate but bright eyes. The baby was abandoned outside an orphanage center in Hai Duong on May 18. Nannies took care of him and named him Pham Dang Son.
In September 2020, they met each other for the first time at Vietnam Cuba Hospital where Son received his first cleft lip surgery. “It was heart-wrenching when seeing the baby’s incomplete smile. I immediately realized that he was the child I wanted to adopt,” Hennigan said.
In January 2021, he renamed the baby Liam and brought him to Hanoi just before the resurgence of Covid-19 in Hai Duong.
In March 2021, Liam underwent the second surgery to fix his palate.
Overcoming those hardships together, they were rewarded with a bright smile of Liam and a new life full of sweetness and happiness for both.