Outreach: Children Without Borders
Children Without Borders is a non-profit organization that provides life saving medical care to children and preventative health education for families in underserved countries. They accomplish this by working with local and international partners to build health services. By providing access to medical care, children achieve optimal health in their own communities. They build hope for the future by sharing knowledge across cultures, establishing and operating sustainable clinics, conducting research and training, and arranging volunteer opportunities.
St. Mary’s member Elisabeth Comer is outreach coordinator for Children without Borders, and would be happy to provide more information.
What does Children Without Borders do?
Children Without Borders is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that provides life saving medical care to children and health education for families in underserved countries. We accomplish this by working with local and international partners to build health services that all knowledge to be shared across cultures, establish and operate sustainable clinics, conduct research and training, and arranging volunteer opportunities.
Who are the people running Children Without Borders?
Our team is lead by a Board of Directors including two experienced physicians. Dr. George Whitelaw, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, has spent much of the last 30 years providing medical care to the underserved communities in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Carlos Fernando Bazoberry, originally from Bolivia, is an anesthesiologist who founded and is now vice president of Boston Pain Care Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Bazoberry trained at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and has spent many years providing care to the underserved in South America.
Henry”Chip” Strapp is a U.S. Vietnam veteran who went on to hold several executive positions in the footwear industry. Currently, he runs Pentagon Sports and serves as president of C&S Associates Consulting.
The Board is supported by the Executive and Advisory Committees, all volunteers with diverse leadership experiences.
Where does Children Without Borders Operate? Our first clinic and Central American Headquarters are in Costa Rica with a population of 4.5 million people, including an underserved refugee population. We started in Costa Rica because of its need for safe living medical care, cooperative government agencies, local partnerships and support, a complementary health care system and a strategic location for practical expansion into other nearby countries.
How is Children Without Borders funded?
Children Without Borders is funded by private donations and matched gifts. Some organizations have graciously provided medical services, supplies and referrals. We are moving forward with plans to receive financial support through student intern programs, corporate donations, grants and other sources.
How are donations and other contributions used?
Almost ninety percent of all donated funds go directly to health care for children and the operations of our clinic and Central American Headquarters. Most of the administrative work is done by volunteers like St. Mary’s member Elisabeth Comer, who serves on the Exec Committee.