Operation Smile and Our Medical Mission

If you are unfamiliar with Operation Smile, it is a non-profit, internationally recognized childrens charity that mobilizes a world of generous hearts and medical teams to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe. We offer surgery free of charge for cleft lip and palates through volunteer International Medical Missions in developing countries.

We (Mima and Olivia) will be away from the 19th through the 31st of March with a team of 70 people, made up of doctors, nurses, speech therapists, medical record keepers and more. We will be participating as student volunteers on the mission.

The primary role of a student on a medical mission is to Educate. We will be meeting hundreds of families and children everyday at the hospital or in local schools and orphanages. We will have the opportunity to give people presentations about Dental Hygiene, Oral Re-hydration, Burn Care, and Nutrition. We will also be spending time with children and families before their surgeries and after. We also have the opportunity to sit in on surgeries.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lost in Transportation

So....Yesterday we began our journey. That is until we found out that all the flights out of Aspen CO were canceled because of a massive snow storm. We sat on the plane for two hours until they told us to deplane. It was verrrrry disappointing, we waited all day in the airport with nothing to show for it except bad headaches. The next step was to drive to Denver, through a blizzard, ahhh, what fun.
Thanks especially to Tracey, Mally, Diane, Scott, and Jason. We are thankful for your support and help. So now our travel plans have been delayed a day, but not to worry, the adventure continues! Right now we are in a Denver hotel and are going to the airport 2 hours early to make sure everything works out. Our itinerary now takes us from Denver to Salt Lake, Salt Lake to Paris, and then Paris to Cairo, and then to Aswan. We should be arriving in Aswan around 8p.m., Oh also Egypt is 8 hours ahead of CO time. We are going to be on a 12 hour flight too!
We wanted to upload pictures but we can't find the USB plug on the computer. Just imagine us eating Dominoes pizza in a hotel room with a lot of baggage :)

PLEASE COMMENT so we know you are reading :)


Jemima and Olivia


  1. I'm happy to see that Jojo was helpful during the packing process.
    I'm sorry you started your adventure with travel challenges. We cannot wait to hear how the rest of the journey goes!

  2. Can't wait to hear news from Egypt!