About Us

Mission Statement

Small World Foundation (SWF) is a non-profit 501©(3), organization founded in 1995 to provide reconstructive surgery and medical aid for children and adults throughout the developing world who have no access or resources. Medical education, training and information exchange are always an intimate part of our trips, and we plan to augment this with the latest technological advances in telecommunication via live telemedicine hookups.

We are a faith-based, Judeo-Christian organization. We are non-political and nondenominational. We believe there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Our mission is to serve and glorify God by nurturing and caring for those less fortunate.

We believe that God is always present in our work. We also believe that our abilities are a gift from God and what we do with those abilities is our gift back to Him.


The Need

Volunteers at Policlinico Parroquial Huayacan, Peru, September 2002

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The well-documented disparities of medical services between countries of the First World and those of the Developing World are the target of attention for the Small World Foundation - particularly with recent catastrophic events in Central America.

Since 1995, SWF has conducted three to four medical missions per year to Central and South America and the Middle East.

In particular cases where sophisticated treatment was needed, SWF was instrumental in arranging for the transportation and medical treatment in the United States.

Each medical mission team is comprised of volunteers with varying specialties: plastic surgeons, prosthetics, nurses and support personnel. If you would like to join us in our efforts, contact us to find out when the next trip is scheduled and how you can help.


Board of Directors



Laurence I. Arnold, M.D.
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The co-founder of Small World Foundation.

Vice President


Linda Arnold, R.N.
Clinical Director of Operations.

Board Member


Mr. Robert B. Smith

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