This year, the On His Path Clubfoot Program is celebrating six years of being present in El Salvador. It’s hard to believe it has been six years already! Thanks to generous support from all the donors, OHP took on the existing clubfoot program in 2012 to continue 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.
That’s right – as of October 1st, On His Path will launch 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.
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.
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 the 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 past 6 years.
We look forward to making Ponseti® Kids Clubfoot Sponsorship Program a part of your lives!