Today, thousands of innocent and helpless children around the world witness extreme violence, civil conflict and war. Modern warfare spares no one, including children, and the devastating effects include physical injuries, mental impairments, displacement and death. Sadly, access to health services and medicine in many regions of the world is limited and needs often far outweigh resources.
Children of War Foundation was formed with these children in mind. However shortly after the organization’s inception, COWF members decided that how the medical need came about was not important – and having the ability to provide medical care to any child was essential to COWF’s future. So, in 2012, COWF revised its mission to be less limiting, and now seeks to provide donated reconstructive surgery and post-operative care to any child living with a physical deformity or injury that cannot be treated in their home country.
With the help of various institutions and organizations such as Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Operation Smile and the University of Southern California, COWF is able to connect its candidates with some of the finest surgeons in the United States. Children that cannot be transported to the U.S. for treatment will be considered as a candidate for one of the organization’s international missions, where medical teams travel abroad and address multiple cases throughout the duration of their visit.
In addition to providing medical and surgical care to children in need, Children of War Foundation also conducts international searches for eligible children, supervises the legal necessities of transporting them to the United States, prepares all travel arrangements, and searches for nurturing accommodations in the U.S. while treatment is being administered.
Children of War Foundation is a non-profit, non-politically affiliated organization that provides medical care to the children that need it regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality and religion. The organization’s ultimate goal is for the day to come when our services are no longer required by those in need, until that day comes we will continue to work relentlessly to help one child at time.
Hashim sustained a devastating head injury in his hometown of Baghdad in February 2010 from a nearby blast. He was pulled from his family’s car and remained in the hospital for seventy days after the blast. In late August 2010, several weeks after learning about Hashim, COWF and MKI teamed up and managed to bring him and his mother to Los Angeles, via Jordan. Hashim began receiving his surgical treatments at CHLA in September 2010, and we’re happy to report that Hashim was finally reunited with his family in April 2011!
Rokaya, COWF’s second candidate, was in desperate need of surgical attention that she was unable to receive in her home country of Egypt. COWF learned of Rokaya’s condition through contacts at Operation Smile, and both organizations spent months working to bring Rokaya to the United States to receive the treatment she needed. Accompanied by her father, Tamer, Rokaya spent almost two months in Southern California and underwent treatment at CHLA. Rokaya’s procedures were successfully completed, and she and her father were able to return to their home country of Egypt in December 2011.
COWF teamed up with Solace LA to provide medical and surgical treatment to children from Afghanistan. This partnership allows COWF to focus on providing the medical treatment and continue to collaborate with other organizations such as Solace LA on future missions. This collaboration is ongoing, Solace will continue to transport and host the children while giving COWF the opportunity to provide medical treatment.