My name is Ian Clark and I am married with three boys aged 16,14 and 12. I have been an anaesthetic technician both in New Zealand and the Uk for some twenty something years and have had some rewarding and interesting experiences.
But I have never embarked on taking on the experience of a journey such as the one I am about to take with Operation Restore Hope. This is going to be a journey on which I will travel with a small amount of trepidation but one which I think will be rich with rewards.
Since February 2006 Dr Garcia has been involved with ORH at our Hospital in Caloocan. She feels Operation Restore Hope helps not only local children and their parents, but also local medical staff to become more confident in their professions. She has been involved in several other medical missions in the past but feels ORH is her most worthwhile. “I think this program gives more, because it greatly affects the children’s futures”.
Dr Garcia educates many of the parents of ORH patients about cleft lips and palates. Every year she conducts pre operative screening on the speech and language ability of children who have cleft lips and palates. Dr Garcia also continues to work with the children after the mission leaves each year, step by step towards full rehabilitation. She loves being able to help the children maximise their potential through working with ORH.
I have worked in the health service since 1983. I started in London, but am now in NZ. In that time I have met many Pilipinos, and made many friends. In London they would take me to the annual Fiesta. There I would sample many Pilipinos dishes, Halu Halu, Chitcharon Balak Lak and Sissin Pork to mention a few. My friends always said 'go to the Philippines, you'll love it'. So when I was approached by ORH to join their 2010 mission as their Anaesthetic Technician, I jumped at the chance.
The Philippines was more than I could of imagined. The heat, the smells, the noise, the traffic, the madness of it all, just wonderful. The mission was intensely challenging and hard work. But nothing could compare to the joy on the faces of the children, knowing that they were to get their surgery. It was all so humbling. So much in life can be taken for granted. Work like this, brings everyone back to Earth. This is by far the most rewarding gift you can give. Seeing the team work tirelessly to help as many patients in such a short time is amazing. I'm proud to be a member of the ORH family.
Dentist & Orthodontist
Daisy is responsible for many of the ORH patients who have dental problems or conditions impeding surgery. It has always been her dream to help others and she feels honoured, proud and thankful to be a part of ORH. Daisy eagerly awaits the ORH Mission at Caloocan every year as she loves working with our entire team. “The ORH people have a golden heart, doing such a kind mission in our country. Because of their mission, I am able to do some charity work in my own little way”. She is continuing her studies in Orthodontic Surgery and has set herself a goal to be of even greater help to ORH in the coming years.