We have now met, in person, several of our Internet friends that we made while preparing for this trip. First, there was Deby with whom we spent New Year's Eve, where we also met Perry. Shortly there after, we had coffee with Tom and Maya. Then I spent the day at the racetrack with Tom and Alan. Today we met Jude.
Jude is a British woman from London who has been here a few years. She has a shop, that is remakably close to where we live, where she does waxing and makeup. I have been reading her blog since last summer, and she also is one of my myspace friends.
Jude is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Aesthetic Argentina. This is an organization she started with her co-founder, Philip. They work with an organization called Piel.
This organization provides reconstructive surgery to poor children who were born with cleft palates or other facial deformities. As Jude says, "It gives them a chance at a normal life, to be able to speak properly and eat properly. It gives them a chance to smile."
The doctors at Piel perform these surgeries free of charge at Buenos Aires hospitals. The hospitals, however, charge for the use of the facility. Jude and her co-founder, Philip, help to raise these funds. Just US$150 can fix a child´s cleft palate. Jude hopes to raise US$100,000 to turn a Piel facility into a proper operating theater so more children can be helped.
You can make a donation to help these children at this link.
Oh, my reason for going to see Jude . . . I got my back waxed.
Before and After