We were crammed, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the back of a creaky auto rickshaw, bumping along the dusty roads of Lambayeque, when we had an exciting chance meeting with one of our past patients who received cleft lip surgery from the team in January 2012.
Every day Milagros would sit in her classroom listening other students speak and wish it was her. Because of her cleft lip and palate, no one at school could understand her when she tried to communicate. Now, a graduate of the FACES surgical and speech programs, Milagros can speak with ease and has since obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Green Empowerment, Cafe Femenino and FACES received a $40,000 grant to install a clean water project in San Antonio village in northern Peru. The team recently visited to site so view the completed project, which pipes potable water into each home in the village.
Although cleft lip and palate deformities are one of the most common birth defects, that does not make living through childhood with one any easier. When we meet someone, the first thing we notice about them is their face: their eyes, nose and their smile. So, when a child has a large gap on their face, it is difficult not to notice.
The process of bringing a child to the FACES screening clinics, into surgery, through recovery and speech therapy is very much a family affair. It takes the support of caring […]
The FACES operating rooms are busy places here in northern Peru, but the waiting areas may be even more bustling with activity, families and supporters of the FACES campaign. This […]
“How’s my baby?” Yovana Viera Silva asks nervously. Two hours earlier, her daughter Chalon was admitted into the FACES operating room to receive a cleft lip surgery from the team. […]
Can you imagine traveling through rugged countryside, over bumpy road and spending two nights on a rickety bus just to receive medical care? It’s something many of us in the […]