Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!

Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!

Donations From the American People Mark a Milestone Birthday!

This year, Brianna’s 8th birthday was particularly significant because it was also the day she got her cleft palate closed. Brianna’s cleft lip had affected her speech, self-confidence, and her ability to make friends – leaving her family anxious for treatment that is not only accessible but also safe and affordable.

Brianna’s journey towards full recovery has not been easy – she has undergone multiple surgeries between 2015 and 2019. Brianna’s life-changing surgeries were made possible because of medical equipment and surgical supplies donated through LEPP and Deseret International Foundation, in partnership with Smile Train in Davao, Southern Philippines. Brianna’s family did not have to incur any costs for her treatment and instead were able to concentrate their efforts and limited financial resources on her recovery.

A month after her final lip palatoplasty, Brianna joined a speech camp to work on her glottal stops. In only three days, her speech limitations were corrected and today Brianna speaks in perfect sentences. Brianna’s surgery was truly life-changing.

About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.

In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars worth of surplus property to 18 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.

These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.