Charity of the week
Since 2001, Childspring International (childspringintl.org) has helped arrange lifesaving and life-changing surgeries for children in developing nations, where medical care is often limited or too expensive to obtain. The Atlanta-based organization has aided nearly 3,000 children in more than 50 countries—from Afghanistan to Honduras to Zambia—suffering from a wide range of conditions, including congenital heart defects, severe burns, cleft palates, and bone disorders. Children who can’t be treated in their own countries are often brought to America for surgery, with Childspring facilitating passports, visas, and airfare, and providing trained host families who welcome the children into their homes while they receive care. Childspring also offers scholarships for children who have returned home following treatment and have no other means to attend school.
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