Transforming Faces Transforming Children’s Lives

16 Filipino children from remote island brave 10 hour bus trip to receive Cleft Lip and Palate reconstructive surgery.

Cleft lip and palate operations so easily transform a child’s life and future, but families from San Jose island in the Philippines have a particularly difficult time accessing this support.

Ten hours round-trip away from the nearest hospital, even aid workers rarely visit due to rebel group activity.  Pauline Curtis-Smith, working on the ground, has been a real hero working with these families in a dangerous setting.

In November we sponsored 12 children, and this month a further 16, bringing us to a total of 28 so far. In the Philippines, where 45% of the population live below the poverty line and 40% never see a doctor in their lifetime, many families simply cannot afford simple surgery for their children.

Changing faces


These before and after photos of Andrei Coching, Jaymar Juancho, Christopher Bautista, Jethro Darado, Chriz Delizo, John Flowing Sing – Sing, Gabriel Fadulla, KC Tardeo, Kent Gregorio, Khian Emenedoza, Kyle Pruga, Maria Herilla, Princess Joy Sing – Sing, Ronalyn Gabanan, Sammal Ubag and Tristan Cabral show a beautiful transformation.

Susie, our Office Manager, says ‘These pictures really bring home the reality of the impact these operations have. It is wonderful to know that our 100% Promise has been used to ensure that children have these transformative reconstructions in a safe, supported environment. What a wonderful cause.’

Full medical checks are carried out the day before surgery. Children who are not well enough have their operations delayed, in which case you will notice a longer time gap between their before and after photo’s.

All it costs is £230 per operation. To help us sponsor more children, donate here.

We are delighted to welcome new Advisory Board members to the team!

Suzanne Godfrey was the cofounder and Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Fastway, increasing their turnover from $30million to $458million in seventeen years. Currently an Executive Director of a new drinks brand, BerryWhite, Suzanne is helping us to delivery an innovative new marketing strategy.

Amanda Ellis, Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is the first woman to head the New Zealand Aid Programme, leading the team that manages over half a billion dollars of development assistance annually. Amanda was awarded the World Difference Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting women’s economic empowerment and is representing New Zealand on the UN Security Council.

Anna Nation is an HR Expert who has worked with BP Plc and Barclays Capital. Anna has completed her first novel this year and has contributed hugely as Global Angels’ HR Advisor.

Pepukaye Bardouille, a Global Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. Pep has advised CEO’s in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia on corporate strategy, organisational delivery, and operational performance improvement whilst working for McKinsey & Company.

Roza Azu is a creative director who has worked on campaigns for Coca Cola, Godiva, Barnes & Noble, Converse, and Starbucks, among others. Passionate about travel and global narrative, Rosa is our Corporate Liaison in the US.

We also have some exciting new Ambassadors!

Deckscar is a DJ and producer, prominent across London’s vibrant music scene.

Amelle joined the Sugababes in 2005, enjoying success of countless top ten hits. In 2009, Amelle became the first Sugababe to have a solo number one hit with Tinchy Stryder.

Get Funked perform classic soul, funk and pop in both an 10 and 13 piece line up, comprised of some of the UK’s finest session musicians and vocalists. Credits include Mary J Blige, Emeli Sande and Amy Winehouse.