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Stories of Hope

health care worker talks with a mexican woman attending a free health fair

Preventing Family Hardship Through Health: Why Yucatán Needs a Health Fair

Health fairs provide critical tests and health screenings to promote healthy living.

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disabled worker in China selling steamed buns

Bakery Empowers Workers with Disabilities

We have a brand-new opportunity in China! A group of six people started a bakery specializing in steamed buns, Buns of Joy. Their goal is to provide vocational training and employment for people with disabilities, adapting the job to be within their capability. The bakery started last June, employing two social workers and a few […]

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group of mexican school children receiving free school supplies

School Supplies Provide Smiles

Philip Hayden Foundation is stepping up to encourage children living in extreme poverty to attend school. We are partnering with a local charity in Mérida – Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida – to provide school supplies to needy children.

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Matías Has Hope Thanks to You

baby on mother's shoulder with unrepaired cleft lip

Cleft and Craniofacial Disabilities

Cleft lip and cleft palate are lip and mouth malformations that occur very early in pregnancy, typically before ten weeks. Clefting, or separation between the two sides, happens when the tissue that is available does not join properly. The split can be in the lip, the palate (the roof of the mouth), or both; it […]

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Dragon Head on the front of a dragon boat on the water

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, and it has been celebrated for over 2000 years. This double five day is considered to be a lucky day. Dragon Boat Festival is one of the four top traditional Chinese festivals, along with the Spring Festival, Tomb-Sweeping Day, and Mid-Autumn […]

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young family devastated by a home fire

Devasting Fire Creates Need

A devastating fire broke out on Saturday, May 13, destroying three shanty homes near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula. All three families lost all their physical possessions, but the third family had an even more significant loss – the loss of a husband and father. Your donations can help this family. Two young boys, Didier […]

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young child using an asthma rescue inhaler

Asthma Medication Needs

How many people do you know with asthma? As you may know, asthma affects the airways in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. For some people, asthma is just an inconvenience. But for others, it can interfere with daily activities and lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. May is asthma awareness month, so let’s consider how […]

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developmental disabilities include vision or hearing loss, ADHD, learning delays, other motor or cognitive delays

Developmental Delays Impact Families

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language or behavior areas. Some disabilities are visible at birth, but others are diagnosed when a child’s development is slower than normal in a single area, like language development, or in many areas. Some developmental disabilities are related […]

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young Chinese girl with CP smiles

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that impacts a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. PHF continues to provide care for kids with CP in China.

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12 year old Andres and his mama in Mexico

Andrés Benefits From New Hearing Aids

Andrés lives near Mérida with his mama and grandmama. Andrés has ADHD and autism, and his hearing loss made connecting with his community even more challenging. PHF partnered with Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida to provide hearing aids for Andrés.

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young boy and mama smile as they are given free cartons of shelf stable milk

Gifts of Milk Bring Smiles

Look at these big smiles! The delivery of free milk to children and their families looks like hope to children and families in poverty. Every liter of milk is shared with a human connection, a promise that they are not alone. Philip Hayden Foundation partners with Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida to distribute more than […]

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young boy with treacher collins syndrome hugs his mama in their tiny home

Matías Undergoes Life-Saving Surgery

Dr. Fajardo, the only specialist in Mexico trained to complete the necessary complex surgery, evaluated Matías. Timing for this life-saving reconstructive surgery is crucial. Matías is ready for the surgery and passed his initial physical evaluation. Our partners, Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida, worked tirelessly in the past few months to arrange the surgery and […]

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14 year old Fatima in Mexico passed in February 2023


Fátima passed away in February 2023. Your donations to the PHF medical fund will help her younger sister, Rosalía. The hearing aids will now help André. This sweet girl is Fátima Natalia, who is 14 years old. Doctors discovered a large, malignant tumor in her brain two years ago. Fátima had been in high school, […]

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chinese boy in wheelchair with adults on each side

Day of Blessing

This holiday season offers an opportunity to bless others, and to share hope. Philip Hayden Foundation has designated several projects in Mexico and China that will impact children and strengthen families. You can choose a project to support! You can also designate your gift to be used in one of our four program areas – […]

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ten-year-old boy with TCS with his mama. the boy is wearing an external hearing device and has facial abnormalities.

Introducing Matias

Introducing Matias! Matias and his mom live in Yucatán, Mexico. This young boy has Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) and needs your help. So, what is TCS? A genetic mutation causes this disorder, affecting how the bones of the face grow and develop. Bone abnormalities affect more than facial appearance; they can affect hearing, vision, eating, […]

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Strong Emotions Are Complicated for Children, Especially Orphans. Healthy Strategies Can Help.

May is Mental Health Month, and challenging life experiences (trauma) can be part of lifelong mental health issues. Individual responses to trauma can vary from person to person. For young children, the typical response is feeling too much (overwhelmed) or too little (numbed). Strong emotions like anger, anxiety, sadness, and shame are complicated for children […]

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Congenital Bone and Joint Disorders

This month we’re focusing on joint and bone disorders – two of the most common disabilities we see at Shepherd’s Field. And the two most common ailments? Arthrogryposis and clubfoot. Arthrogryposis – Arthrogryposis (arth-ro-grip-OH-sis), also called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), is a term used to describe a variety of conditions involving multiple joint contractures (or […]

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month – but what is CP? How does it affect the quality of life and one’s lifespan? Cerebral palsy is a neurological (brain) condition that affects body movement or muscle control. CP occurs when the brain develops abnormally, or there’s damage to the brain before, during, or after birth. […]

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600 Bananas…and a Whole Lot of Hope

Tim and Pam Baker are now living in Yucatán, Mexico. Just outside bigger cities are areas of extreme poverty, where families struggle to survive. In July, Tim met Dr. Eder Abreu, a physician with a heart for providing medical care to those who cannot afford to visit a doctor. Through his nonprofit, Red de Ciudadanos […]

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young woman with facial scarring from burns

Trudy Finds Her First Job With Encouragement from PHF

Trudy lived at Shepherd’s Field off and on during her teen years while undergoing plastic surgery to treat burns on her face and hands. She was not an orphan but still needed medical care and vocational training. Philip Hayden Foundation became extended family to Trudy, offering support and encouragement when she began to look for […]

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An Italian Family Shares Their Adoption Journey to Francesco

Have you ever wondered how the adoption process works in other countries? The Italian Forever Family of Jerak Robbins – now Francesco – recently sent a welcome update. In Italy, a home study includes an interview with both a social worker and a psychologist. Then a judge determines the family’s suitability for adoption. Francesco’s family […]

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Living at PHF’s Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village Gives Cody a Head Start as He Joins Forever Family.

As a family, we knew we were being called to adopt as we began that process domestically in the United States. God led us to adopt a baby boy with Down Syndrome through that journey. While our hearts and minds were opened to the needs of little ones born with special needs, God opened them […]

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Katy, Made Learning Fun at PHF

In honor of Occupational Therapist Month, we would like to highlight our very own Katy Everhart, MOT. Katy joined our Shepherd’s Field family when she and her husband, Dustin, moved to our campus in 2018. Katy served as the Occupational Therapist (OT) for our Bright Stars Therapy Program and was a fantastic addition!   The […]

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