Early Days in Xishuangbanna So many of you will know these dear people with whom I have been friends for almost 18 years now. Yi Ying and Ai Pat are both from Dai villages in Banna. What a privilege to walk with them all these years. It's so special to to see Yi Ying’s children receive an education, excel in life...
Beautiful Amy Amy was born in a poor, rebel controlled area of NE Myanmar. When she was about two years old, she developed a small sore on her lip. Unfortunately, this developed into a flesh-eating bacterial disease resulting in a Noma. This gangrene-like bacteria destroyed much of her top lip, gum and most of her nose. Noma is a disease of...
Abandoned in a Field God's faithfulness to the abandoned and outcast! I’d like to share with a story that happened 13 years ago but continues to inspire us to this day! A local Hani woman went out to her tea field and found an abandoned baby boy with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. He had ant bites all over his...
Speech Therapy A natural extension of cleft lip and palate repair. Mekong Hope Surgical Fund does more than just find solutions to surgical challenges. For young San, holistic care means repairing both his cleft lip (exterior) and palate (interior) and also following up with communication training. Cleft palates can cause minor speech impediments. So we (legally) brought San across the border...
First Blog Post Dear Friends, I look forward to sharing with you the stories and faces of the precious people whom we've have had the privilege of serving for the past twenty years in a very beautiful part of the world. Lorilee Lippincott from SharingDots.org recently wrote an amazing piece on the woman who appears alongside me in the image above.  I invite...

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Alexandra is a tropical medicine specialist who has been working in southeast Asia since 1996. She currently serves as a Regional Medical Consultant to Just Projects International. Alexandra resides with her family in Yunnan province (China) where her husband grows and exports specialty coffee.

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