Founded in 1988, the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation is the largest surgical charity in the Philippines, performing over 3,000 free operations per year to correct medical conditions such as cataracts, crossed eyes, cleft lip and palette, burn contractions, post polio and club feet for the poor.
The word 'deseret' comes from the ancient word for honeybee and represents the philosophy of the foundation. In a beehive everyone contributes to make something sweet. At Mabuhay Deseret, Filipino doctors volunteer their time, local hospitals provide substantial discounts on the use of their facilities and patients and their family members contribute by cooking and cleaning during their stay in our hospice houses.
By working together with members of the community, the Foundation is able to perform dramatic, life-changing surgery for thousands of Filipinos every year.