Operation Hope - 27 May 2014


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The Operation of Hope team which

was in Harare over the past two

weeks has now left, after successfully

operating on 45 children at Harare

Central Hospital.

The team of volunteer surgeons,

mainly from the US led by Jennifer

Trubenbach, carried out operations

on people with cleft lip and cleft palate

conditions for free.

Over 200 surgery candidates attended

screening day on Sunday

April 6 2014, an event graced by Mrs

Stella Dongo, the District Governor

for 9210, a Rotary International District

which encompasses Zambia,

Zimbabwe, Malawi and part of Mozambique.

President Loveness Sibanda of

the Rotary Club of Avondale described

this mission as a resounding

success, and expressed gratitude towards

the Operation of Hope Team.

“The operations brought joy and

happiness to the 45 lucky children

who underwent surgery successfully,

thanks to the dedication of the

team from Operation of Hope.

It is always a pleasure to assist in

life changing initiatives, and we of

the Rotary Club of Avondale, and

other local well wishers share in

the fulfillment of a job well done.

Its mission accomplished” she said.

Operation of Hope, which is registered

in California, raised funds

abroad for these operations, and for

this particular mission, the local Rotary

Club of Avondale, working together

with a sister club, the Rotary

club of Portland Pearl, US, helped

source some of the funds needed for

the project from Rotary Foundation,

an arm of Rotary International, one

of the world’s largest humanitarian


The team of Operation of Hope,

have been coming to Zimbabwe since

2006 to carry out surgical operations

on children with the conditions.

Cleft lip and cleft palate is caused

by abnormal facial development

during gestation and occurs in about

1 in 850 people in Zimbabwe.

“As we get closer to the district

conference which will hosted by

Zimbabwe from May 21 to 25 2014 at

Nyanga, the success of this operation

inspires and lifts our spirits as

Rotarians who exist to serve others

above self.

We look forward to continue our

work for the good of our communities”

said Past President Dominic


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A team of the USA based Operation of Hope surgeons operate on a child at Harare Children’s Hospital

A woman feeds her son soon after the cleft lip operation at Harare Children’s hospital

A team of the USA based Operation of Hope surgeons operate on a child at Harare Children’s


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The Operation of Hope

The Operation of Hope in pictures

A team of the USA based Operation of Hope surgeons operate on a child at Harare Children’s Hospital

Operation of hope surgeons conduct screening on patients with cleft lips

A Big Thank You!






Rotary Senior Citizens Centre, 60 Colquhoun Street Cnr Fife Avenue, Harare.

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We would like to thank the following who made the current mission

of Operation of Hope a success:

Ngonidzaishe Musanzikwa 9 months from Mt Darwin

- Ministry of Health and Child Care

- University of Zimbabwe College of Health

Sciences Department of Surgery

- The Harare Central Hospital CEO and


- The matron and staff at the children's

hospital at Harare Central

- The visiting surgeons and supporting staff

- Regency Casinos

- Schweppes Zimbabwe

- Delta Beverages

- CBZ Bank

- The District Governor Stella Dongo and

all Rotarians


- Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation

- Star FM

- ZI-FM Stereo

One year and 7 days old Alex Mwashita seats on her

mother's lap before the cleft lip screening at the Harare

Children's Hospital yesterday. All PICtures: Aaron





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About 800 Zimbabweans have been operated on

to date. One of the surgeons, Dr Travis T Tollefson,

Of the University of California, Davis Medical

Center, who left Harare on Tuesday, expressed

satisfaction with the cooperation and facilitation

of the local partners, and the enthusiasm of the

surgical team itself, which worked long hours. “

I look forward to coming back to Zimbabwe, and

to visit and enjoy other places, such as Great Zimbabwe

Ruins in Masvingo ” he said, on his way

to the airport. Clearly, he was a man dedicated to

his calling, who rightly felt he had accomplished

something worthwhile on this mission.

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