In 2003, Lifeline started bringing medical missions to the Mangyans of Mindoro, many of whom have never received medical care. We brought doctors, dentists, nurses and medicines to them; as well as bathed their babies, gave haircuts, taught on birth control and toothbrushing, among other things. In the next few years this expanded to Community Health Missions, as we brought the same care to our civil servants–policemen, firemen, tanods, health workers, teachers and others in and out of Metro Manila; and we’ve done this as well in several of the poorer communities in and around Metro Manila. As we’ve partnered with different organizations we’ve also taught on breastfeeding, handwashing, diet and nutrition, and dental care in addition to the medical care we’ve brought to different communities.
And, Lifeline isn’t just limited to the Philippines. In 2005 we sent a team to Rwanda, Africa during the tenth anniversary of the genocide, visited orphanages and communities there, and explored partnerships. In 2011, greatly concerned about the famine there, we raised funds for the World Food Programme’s initiatives to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti).