To plan for a year, plant rice. To plan for a decade, plant acorns. To plan for a century, teach men. To plan forever, plant Love. ~Chinese Proverb
During the past 25 years, the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, NCF, has evolved from a small beginning to a foundation recognized for its accomplishments both in Taiwan and around the world. This success is due to thousands of individuals who have believed in and supported our efforts. To them we are deeply grateful and encouraged to do even more.
The Chang Gung Craniofacial center has worked closely with the NCF to achieve the goal of giving the best possible treatment to children with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial deformities. Rebecca Wang, executive director of NCF and her dedicated staff have brought organization and creative direction to the foundation to make this possible. In addition, the board of directors of the NCF have contributed their time and financial support of the NCF. We appreciate their fine leadership.
The primary purpose of the NCF is to provide the necessary means whereby any child can receive the best possible care for their congenital deformity. We have always been concerned about the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of each child. Close cooperation with the Chang Gung Craniofacial Center has made this possible. This care involves the surgery, orthodontia, speech, hearing and psychological needs of each child. This is achieved through education of the family and the public.
The NCF has supported educational seminars for surgeons, orthodontists, speech pathologists and social workers around the world as well as in Taiwan. The successful rehabilitation includes family support groups, youth activities, young adult seminars, children's books and speech programs for children. I can honestly say that our NCF has surpassed most similar non governmental organizations in the quality and scope of their activities.
As I look back and reflect on what has happened, I am amazed and thankful for the support of so many people. The efforts of the NCF and the Chang Gung Craniofacial staff have had a significant positive effect in Asian countries as well as a world-wide impact on the quality of care for children with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial deformities. All of those who donated money and time can also be proud of the fact that you are a part of our success. The success is not for our benefit, but a blessing to the many cleft ＆craniofacial children we have treated as part of our family.
M.Samuel Noordhoff, M.D. FACS
Founder Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation