Around The World – On His Path

Where We Work

India:

  •  Pastor sponsorship
  •  Vikmuthi School for children of lepers
  •  Nutrition support for widows • Microenterprise to save women from slavery
  •  Medical care and nutrition for lepers
  •  New clubfoot clinics

Liberia:

  • Aid to Ebola victims

Guatemala:

  • Homes for the homeless
  • Medical support
  • Food distribution
  • Wheelchair repair and distribution
  • Education and tutoring
  • Human trafficking shelter

El Salvador:

  • Clubfoot clinics and counseling for families
  • Healing hundreds of children each year
  • Bringing hope to families through the Word

Uganda:

God’s Mercy Primary School and Orphan’s Care Centre

  • Exceptional education programs
  • Nutrition support
  • Medical care and clean water
  • Microenterprise to bring the desperate out of poverty

Haiti:

  • Ministry through education
  • Street children saved from lives of crime and taught the Gospel
  • AIDS relief and care

Zambia:

  • Feeding program serving 290 orphans/day

Sierra Leone:

  • Ruth Vines Memorial School
  • Care and support for orphans
  • Clubfoot brace makers
  • Care and education for disabled children

Mexico:

  • Sponsorship of clubfoot clinic coordinators
  • Sponsorship of clubfoot braces

Clinic News – El Salvador A Look Back at 2016

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A Look Back at 2016

CLUBFOOT PROGRAM IN EL SALVADOR

In 2016, On His Path continued to support the Clubfoot Program in El Salvador. Over the past five years, services have been done at five different clinics in the cities of San Salvador, Sonsonate, San Miguel and Santa Ana with four main program areas: clubfoot treatment and braces, counseling, training, and public awareness with the hope to eliminate untreated clubfoot. In October, we were successful with the inauguration of a new facility for the clinic in Sonsonate with funds donated by Dan and Amanda Posid in memory of their son, David. The new memorial clinic is equipped with all the necessary equipment to provide quality treatment in partnership with the Dr. Villacorta Mazzini Hospital. Establishing free clubfoot clinics is very relevant and significant because most of the parents cannot afford the treatment otherwise.

Our work in El Salvador would not be possible without the partnership with the five government hospitals and the invaluable support of orthotics, physiotherapists, nurses, counselors and generous donors that support our clubfoot program to provide treatment at no cost to the families and allows our program to reach the poorest of families. 

2016 has been a memorable and rewarding year! You are truly making a difference!

Memorable highlights from 2016 include the following:

• 152 new children enrolled in the program nationwide

• 983 casting visits

• 333-foot abduction braces distributed

• 661 follow-up visits

• 89 tenotomies

• More than 300 families received counseling

• Public awareness of the treatment of clubfoot and consequences if left untreated through program promotion including TV interviews, meetings with representatives of Health Units, Hospital Staff in the western area, and Health Promoters of three communities in the east area of the country.

Thanks to the generous support of donors, many children and families have benefited from the Clubfoot Program in El Salvador. Our program goals have been achieved for 2016, and new ones are on the horizon for 2017. In closing, we hope you will continue to support the Clubfoot Program – this program provides treatment for children, improves their lives and encourages them to become productive members of their communities.

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, Clinic Coordinator

David Posid Memorial Clubfoot Clinic

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David Posid Memorial Clubfoot Clinic—Sonsonate

The David Posid Memorial Clubfoot Clinic was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 25th at Dr. Jorge Mazzini Villacorta in Sonsonate, 34 miles from the capital city of El Salvador. At the dedication were several patients, parents, Hospital National Director—Dr. Walter Flores and Sub Director—Dr. Nehemias Alfaro, Orthopedist —Dr. Ernesto Valdes, several physiotherapists, other staff members, and local media.

The construction of the clinic was made possible through a donation received from Dan and Amanda Posid, their son Alex, family members and friends who joined them to support the GoFundMe campaign from David’s memorial.

The clinic was dedicated in memory of David Posid, “a friendly and happy boy who liked to be around people all the time” as his father Dan Posid said. “His life was so short on this world but with such great impact and legacy. Our prayer even before David was born was that whatever treatment or inconvenience that he would have to endure, God would use David’s story to be a blessing to others, impact other people’s lives and draw people closer to God.”

After the cutting ribbon ceremony, parents, their children and all the attendees enjoyed touring the new clinic, received some tasty snacks, and had the opportunity to meet the Posids along with On His Path Founder, John Mitchell and Executive Director, Emily Ferguson.  The brand-new clinic will significantly improve the services provided to the children and will make possible for children born with clubfoot deformity to receive Ponseti Method correction in the western zone of El Salvador.

The Ponseti Clinic features a waiting room, play area, casting room, storage, and restroom and will provide an adequate and comfortable place for the patients, parents and staff who help us in the clinic. When On His Path started working in El Salvador in 2012, patients were received in the general casting room and emergency waiting room of the hospital.

The clubfoot clinic currently has 60 patients in different stages of the treatment and attends approximately 10 to 12 children weekly. This clinic will benefit hundreds – maybe thousands – of children who may be able to walk, run and have a normal life.

“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time and after many years of prayer and faith, we are thrilled to be able to say the new Ponseti Clinic is officially open! In this place, we will share the love of Jesus and bring physical and spiritual healing to children and families who desperately need it.”

As an organization, we are extremely thankful and humble to be a part of how God is using David’s story to impact other children in ways that we cannot imagine.

Submitted by Mayra Arteaga, Clinic Coordinator

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

Clinic New: El Salvador

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David’s Story

Our son, David, was diagnosed in utero with a clubfoot. We did not know what our future and his childhood would look like, but we began praying, even before David was born, that whatever treatment, procedure, pain, frustration, or inconvenience that he would have to endure – that God would use his story to be a blessing to others, impact other people’s lives and draw people to God.

David went home to be with Jesus on November 24, 2015, just four weeks before he would have celebrated his second birthday. David was a trooper. Through all the castings, surgeries, braces/boots, etc., he bore it well. If he ever fussed over his boots, we knew we had put them on incorrectly. He squirmed when putting them on like any toddler would, but he never complained and never fought it as part of his night time routine. He learned to crawl, stand and even walk and jump a little in them. And as he got to spend his days without his braces, he was running so well that you couldn’t even tell he had an issue.

We had been donating David’s used braces to On His Path as he outgrew them. Upon his passing, we wanted to honor him, and we wanted his story to continue to be a blessing to others. At his services, we requested that in place of flowers, people would make a donation to support On His Path with the original intention of purchasing as many sets of braces as possible for underprivileged children.

The generosity of our friends and family was overwhelming. When we sent the check to On His Path, they advised us that there was enough there to cover the bulk of the costs associated with building an entire pediatric orthopedic clinic in Sonsonate, El Salvador and asked if we would rather do this than purchase braces. We gladly agreed.

David loved being around people, and even at a young age, his passion for others was evident. It was not uncommon to find him checking in on his older brother, Alex if he were hurt or upset, and with a hand on his shoulder, ask him if he was okay. We feel that building a clinic like this honors David’s memory and that it would delight his heart to have more friends with whom he could run around. We pray that children’s lives are blessed as they undergo treatment and that people would be drawn to God through On His Path and the story of our son.

Submitted by Dan Posid

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 1:6 NIV