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Int'l Surgical Missions Relief for Biri, Philippines PH-21-011

Since 2007 ISM doctors have performed free surgeries for those in need. Now they need your support to deliver urgently needed medical supplies and surgical tools to Biri District Hospital.

$22,168.31 of $28,000

International Surgical Missions Medical Relief Campaign for Biri, Philippines

Though he can’t remember their names, their faces and stories are imprinted in his heart. Following is a firsthand account by Joone Guevarra, a lifetime volunteer of International Surgical Missions (ISM), who with his colleagues at ISM seeks your support.

In the mission in Northern Samar, in the Philippines, we saw patients from all walks of life. But it is the ones who are so destitute and have never seen a doctor in their entire life that made a deep impact in me because their stories truly broke my heart. Like the father in his 40’s who had heard about ISM and walked with his family over 10 km to be treated for a large, inguinal hernia that was painful and got in the way of his farm work for years. The father was so thankful for the ISM team and the surgery they did. But several days later I ran into them again after he was supposed to be back home. I asked them why they were still there after he was discharged two days ago. His wife began crying. The family hadn’t eaten for two days and they only had enough money for a one way trip to for the hernia surgery. I reached in my pocket to give them a thousand pesos to help pay for the fare so they could go home. I also gave them food from the hospital cafeteria.  

The first thing I noticed when I got there was the professionalism and deep care that the volunteers displayed. From 2007-2020 International Surgical Missions has helped hundreds of people and brought big and good changes in their lives. I can’t help but feel delighted and deeply grateful that as a team, we volunteer by choice to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Despite stress, difficulties, losses and pains, our hearts desire to care deeply and make an impact in the lives of our patients and their families.

One time I asked my dear friend and International Surgical Missions Director Dave Hudson, “When do we stop doing missions in Samar?” He looked at me and said, “We don’t stop while we’re alive, we will do it as long as we can.” Legacy is the joy of leaving something beautiful behind…

-Joone Guevarra, International Surgical Missions Lifetime Volunteer

 About Project C.U.R.E.
Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest distributor of medical donations to resource-limited communities across the globe, touching the lives of patients, families and children in 135 countries.

3 Comments

Thank you for your dedication to your much needed surgical missions to Biri! And your work at Project cure. Best of luck 🍀 with your fundraising!

Margaret Rubach

Together we can make this happen for our friends at Biri District Hospital!

Mary McCormick

We are hoping to raise this money in a timely fashion so that we can continue to provide surgery for the underprivileged people of Biri. The average yearly income on Biri is approximately 346 dollars. The need is great and the people are thankful for this mission.

Jay Riseman

22 Donations

$25

5 months ago

Steph Clark

$200

5 months ago

Edward Suffern

$500

6 months ago

Marianna Furr

$515

6 months ago

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