History

OUR HISTORY

In November 2009, the NYDG Foundation launched its first humanitarian medical mission. Dr. David Colbert, co-founder of NYDG, and his medical team travelled to rural northwestern Cambodia to hold the kingdom's first skin health clinic. Today, from India to Haiti, through teachers, medical officers,children and youth across Africa, Asia and the Americas, we aim to prevent skin diseases, care for the environment and build inclusive communities.

TIMELINE

November 2009 NYDG Foundation launches its first humanitarian medical mission. Dr. Colbert and medical team travel to rural Cambodia to hold the country's first skin health clinic. Working with the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, NYDG treated over 1000 villagers in 3 days and trained local healthcare workers in post-op care.

January 14, 2010 2 days after Haiti's devastating earthquake, Dr. Colbert travels to Haiti to assist with emergency medical care.

April 2010 In partnership with the Hanger Sabel Foundation, NYDG establishes a clinic in Haiti to provide prosthetic limbs for post-op care.

May 6, 2010 - NYDG Foundation hosts its first fundraising event and raises $350,000 to support the Hangar Sabel Foundation's prosthetic clinic for victims of Haiti's earthquake. Guests included Mick Jagger, Rachel Weisz and Naomie Watts. August 2010-NYDG Foundation supports the first Haitian soccer team for amputees. The team becomes a harbinger of hope and travels to Rome to meet with Pope Benedict XVI on the 5th year anniversary of the earthquake.

May 2015  NYDG Foundation partners with Un Dia d'Esperanza (Lima,Peru) to provide needed services for children living with HIV/Aids.

NYDG Foundation and Haiti Cardiac Alliance work together to provide a life-saving maxo-facial surgery to a young Haitian.

April-June 2016 NYDG Foundation partners with Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx and Brooklyn to provide wellness and educational services to 5000 of New York's most vulnerable children and their families.

In 2016 NYDG Foundation continued to support the following foundations:

• UP2US- Focussing on youth development and Coaches Across America Program

• Haiti Cardiac Alliance-Providing pediatric care to patients and educating Haitian medical providers on pediatric care.

• Hope for Rwanda's Children Fund- Providing funds to design and deliver the first educational assistance program for children and youth with albinism in Rwanda.

• Rwandan Victims of War - NYDG provided a range of health services two survivors. Both victims required skin surfacing and facial reconstruction due to violent attacks that caused severe scarring and disfigurement.