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Operation of Hope does amazing work in Zimbabwe


Due to their overwhelming generosity, the Operation of Hope has has so far completed 45 cases of burn, cleft lip and palate surgeries during the six days of surgery at Mpilo Central Hospital in Zimbabwe and the majority of these cases were children. Another man had his nose rebuilt after a car crash.

“With money raised during the Calgary 2018 Fundraiser, two cleft lip kits and two cleft palate kits were purchased for the Operation of Hope teams. These instruments will now travel the world with the different volunteer teams, helping to treat patients.

“Sadly, the volunteers also saw a large number of burn victims as many household kitchens throughout Zimbabwe use open cooking fires. Through their generosity, however, we were able to purchase a new Dermatome instrument (used for harvesting skin graphs) and this will now be permanently available to the Surgeons at the Mpilo Central Hospital,” said Jennifer Mora Trubenbach, the President of Operation of Hope.

She announced a new partnership with Operation of Hope and said for 2019, the Calgary-based team of volunteers are the new Directors of Global Aid Society, a Canadian based charitable organisation and revealed that tax receipts will now be available for all Canadian donations.

“This grassroots charity has been featured Oprah’s magazine, “O” Dec 2008, People magazine, 2008 and named People magazine, “Hero Among Us”, honoured at the CNN All Star Tribute and featured on the CBS, The Doctors TV Show!

“For the past 29 years, Operation of Hope is an all volunteer surgical team with Board Certified surgeons. We pride ourselves on being a grassroot, highly effective charity and our founder has never taken a salary in 29 years! Your donation truly helps these beautiful kids and their families!

To contribute to this worthy cause, please visit to donate on-line or send a donation to PO BOX 99, Lake Forest, CA 92609.”


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Byron Adonis Mutingwende