APPROXIMATELY 200,000 BABIES ARE BORN WITH CLUBFOOT WORLDWIDE EACH YEAR
On His Path is taking a role in fighting clubfoot worldwide via The Ponseti® Kids initiative. We now partner with seven public hospitals in El Salvador as well as other not for profit organizations and soon will be supporting many other regions of the world.
The Ponseti® Kids initiative brings together and strengthens the work of organizations around the world involved in the prevention of disability caused by untreated clubfoot. Working in tandem with these strategic relationships we focus on the following: delivery of clubfoot health care, grant funding for education efforts, and funding of medical supplies & equipment.
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On His Path’s three main activities are:
CLUBFOOT HEALTH CARE
Clubfoot is a common birth defect causing feet to turn upwards or inwards, making it hard or impossible to walk. However, this problem can be solved. On His Path provides support to clinics in order to deliver proper treatment to children born in developing countries with this defect. On His Path also supports the education of families whose children are going through the treatment, which is crucial for ensuring every child stays healthy.
GRANT FUNDING TO Non-Profits FOR CLUBFOOT EDUCATION
On His Path awards grants to non-profit organizations aiming at helping children with clubfoot and providing healthcare education in communities in developing countries. Through the grant program, On His Path finds sustainable organizations that demonstrate real results and address important issues concerning children’s health. We look for non-profits whose aims and interests match our programs, mission, location and population served.
MEDICAL SUPPLY AND EQUIPMENT DONATIONS
On His Path is a responsible provider of foot braces, medical equipment, and supplies to developing countries around the globe. This medical equipment On His Path delivers to resource-limited communities in developing countries make treatments possible, ensure better outcomes of health care and save lives.
On His Path Launches Ponseti® Kids Clubfoot Sponsorship Program
Since 2012, On His Path Clubfoot Program has been partnering with clinics in El Salvador to provide clubfoot treatment for all children. Thanks to generous support from our donors, OHP took on their existing clubfoot program to help Salvadorian children have greater access to clubfoot treatment.
We now partner with seven public hospitals as well as other nonprofit organizations to reach this goal. God has blessed us during these years and we have finally come to a place where we are ready to make individual clubfoot sponsorship available to you.
On His Path recently launched the Ponseti® Kids Clubfoot Sponsorship Program; exclusively in El Salvador at this time.
Our goal has always been to make the Ponseti Method available to every child born with clubfoot and now you can help in a personal way. The Ponseti® Kids Clubfoot Sponsorship Program is another way to ensure that children with clubfoot in El Salvador receive proper clubfoot treatment, receive the Gospel, and have the opportunity to create a lasting relationship with their sponsor.
Why sponsor a child?
Sponsorship is a unique opportunity to connect and support one very special child. 90% of children with clubfoot in El Salvador are born in areas where treatment options are limited and parents simply cannot afford to pay for their child to be treated. Neglected clubfoot often results in a permanent and disabling deformity with subsequent social implications.
Clubfoot cannot be prevented, but treatment is available that can correct it for life. As a sponsor, you can be part of the solution and allow a child to have earlier access to treatment – you can be a part of changing the life of a child through sponsorship and give hope for a better future.
What does sponsorship cover?
Your sponsorship of $30/month will cover the cost of treatment, including all serial casting supplies, tenotomy (if required), and abduction braces to maintain the clubfoot correction for one child. The monthly sponsorship will cover:
Your donation will provide all of the materials needed for the casting process (including padding and plaster) and clubfoot braces until treatment is complete. Typically, a child will need new AFO boots every 4-6 months and a new bar every 12-18 months until the age of four.
- Educational Materials
Education materials will be provided for parents, families, and training for medical staff.
Our counselors encourage parents to adhere to the full casting and bracing process until the child has completed the treatment as well as share the Good News of Jesus to each family.
- Program Promotion
Your donation will spread the word through posters in health units and local hospitals as well as advertisements in local media that clubfoot can be corrected!
The length of your sponsorship will vary depending on the needs of your sponsored child, however, a typical clubfoot case will last four years. Your sponsorship would come to an end when the child completes treatment. At that point, you will be notified and can decide if you would like to sponsor another child that would be entering the program. If for some reason you are unable to fulfill your portions of the sponsorship, On His Path will ensure that assistance to your sponsored child continues.
As a sponsor, you will receive a Welcome Kit with the child’s profile card and information. Sponsors will have the opportunity to write to their sponsored children throughout the year and each sponsor will receive two mailings per year; a Christmas card and an Annual Progress Report to keep track of the child’s treatment progress.
You Can Help
There are so many children who suffer from clubfoot. This can cause devastating physical, social and emotional consequences for them and their families and leave them feeling very little hope. Our goal is to bring these children and families hope through physical healing and sharing the hope of Jesus with each one of them!
Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.”
This verse is filled with hope; a confidence in God that His Word and love are forever!
So many young children in El Salvador don’t have this hope – our goal is that through Ponseti® Kids Clubfoot Sponsorship Program, individual sponsors will join On His Path in our mission to give hope to these children and families as we actively engaged in their lives.
Please pray that each child is able to finish the treatment they need to be completely healed. Pray also for our team as we share the gospel with the parents and families. Thank you so much for standing with us these many years.
We look forward to making Ponseti® Kids Clubfoot Sponsorship Program a part of your lives!
On January 1, 2012, On His Path adopted 4 clubfoot clinics in El Salvador. These clinics were started by CURE Clubfoot Worldwide in late 2010. After losing their funding source for the 2012 fiscal year, CURE contacted John Mitchell to offer these clinics to management under On His Path.
This blessing has resulted in the addition of one new clubfoot clinic and the treatment of over 800 new clubfoot patients.
On His Path has held several Ponseti Training courses in El Salvador to ensure the physicians are well-trained in the method and to raise awareness of this treatment option.
Donate Used Braces
On His Path needs your help in collecting braces to send to children in need of the Ponseti Brace. Follow these easy steps to Pass It On!
1.) Gather your used braces – even if they are worn or broken!
2.) Click the following link; then print and fill out the donor detail. Click here: Pass It On Donation Card.
3.) Ship your used brace(s) with the completed card to OHP.
4.) Once received, the AFOs will be laundered and refurbished. The brace will then be shipped to one of our trusted partners in a developing country and distributed to a child at no charge!
Note: if you don’t have braces but would like to support the effort, you can include a monetary gift that will go directly to help clubfoot children in need. You may use our on-line donation page, and donate to the Medical Fund.