indonesia eye surgery camps

The Gift of Sight

Body & Soul Ministries has completed over 7,000 cataract surgeries in Sumatra since 2005. This work is making a profound difference in the lives of thousands of Indonesians. For less than $125 you can provide the means for someone to be able to see again.


This is Rinaldi Banjor Nahor. He is an 11 year-old boy from outside the town of Dolok Sanguul, who has had cataracts since the age of one. Rinaldi's eyes are two of the 446 eyes that Caris Foundation International, in partnership with Body & Soul, completed during the week of March 20-25, 2017, in the Batak area of Northern Sumatra. Surgeons Dr. Pinto Pulungan and Dr. Jusni Saragih do a remarkable job, as does the entire medical team from Medan. We are proud to be associated with them.

Watch this short video that tells Rinaldi’s story.

The patients at our biannual eye surgery camps in Indonesia usually cover the gamut, from young to the very old, though typically we don’t see many children. At our March 2016 camp, however, the doctors operated on two young children, Lamhot age 11 and Elfrianti age 12, in Sidikalang in Northern Sumatra. They each had two cataracts and due to rapid deterioration there was a good chance they would be blind within a year. These kids were very brave souls to go through these operations at such a young age. 

Watch Lamhot’s and Elfrianti’s story below.

 

 

vietnam english centers

Learning for Life

The Body & Soul Ministries Vietnam English school mission has expanded! The school that was established in 2015 to assist children around Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta area now has 162 students. Poor children here can't afford to take the supplemental English that is necessary to pass their tests and move on.  

Learning English here is important to advance in school and to vocationally go forward in life. The need is so great that we started a new school in 2017, Connor English Center, about 45 minutes from Can Tho in the Has Giang Province.

Watch the videos below to see the life change happening here in Vietnam.  

In early October 2017, our Connor English Center, in Nga Sau Town, Chau Thanh District, was selected as part of a story about learning English on the district-wide television station. 

Watch the edited segment video below.

 

 

Philippines school

More than the A,B,C’s

 
 

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2012, killing thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The Body & Soul Ministries Tree of LIfe program provides educational support to affected poor children in the northern part of the island of Cebu, giving them an opportunity for personal advancement that would otherwise be difficult, at best. With the help of generous donors sponsoring students in this program, we assist over 100 children who are in need of clothing, books, tuition and food. 

Watch our school’s directors tell their story.

 

 

disasters & Miscellaneous

Helping the Devastated

 
 

Body & Soul Ministries responds quickly and efficiently to different forms of disasters across the world. We provide food, water, and assistance for thousands of desperate people worldwide. Many people are now living happy and healthy lives despite disaster because of a quick response in their time of need. From typhoon destruction in the Philippines and open-heart surgeries in China to human trafficking in Laos and cleft lip surgeries in Guatemala, Body & Soul stands at the ready to intervene in assisting those impacted whenever and wherever we can.

 

 

Rescue teens from sex slavery by helping us build safe houses. 

 
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