Project Perfect World (PPW) is an organization dedicated to subsidizing the health care needs of children in under-served areas around the world, providing life-changing surgeries and care to children who would be left untreated. Our efforts are focused on delivering high quality, pediatric orthopedic care at Roberto Gilbert Hospital in Guayaquil, one of the largest pediatric hospitals in Ecuador.
Ecuador’s children do not always have access to early screening and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions such as hip dysplasia, clubfeet, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. Untreated, they become debilitating problems that would be challenging in any environment, much less the desperately poor conditions and lack of healthcare these children encounter.
“Looking into a mother’s eyes after she has waited days to try to get her child help and knowing the surgery will give her a new chance in life. Nothing can compare, but it wasn’t just life-changing for her. It was life-changing for me.” Peter Allen, non-clinical volunteer.
How PPW Helps:
PPW’s team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons and supporting resources travel to Ecuador twice a year to help these children receive needed operative care that transforms their quality of life. With two trips a year the PPW team can help follow up with previous patients while building respect and trust of the local community. With over two decades of consist care, the longevity and continuity of this program make it special. By maintaining our own equipment within the hospital, it enables us to travel lean and provide the best care for the most children and forge lasting relationships with the medical and philanthropic leaders of Guayaquil.
We work closely with the local Ecuadorian orthopedic surgeons and residents to educate and assist them so that they can become empowered to provide quality and accessible services to their community. An established patient database exists and is used to track patients and to monitor surgical outcomes. Furthermore, local collaboration between PPW and the Damian House, a charity for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease, provides even more opportunity for community service, education and cultural perspective.
Each trip is made up of a team of 25-30 volunteers from all over the US, including both clinical and non-clinical members. On average, 100 patients are seen in clinic and 20-25 surgeries are performed during each weeklong tip.
We are looking for your support! Please consider making a donation to Project Perfect World so that we can continue to provide this important resource to the children and families so in need of our assistance.
Project Perfect World is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charity and all donations to PPW are 100% tax deductible.