San Jose Philippines

A cleft is a congenital birth defect that may occur just on the lip, on the palate, or on both. This affects 1 in 500 children in the Philippines.


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A cleft is a congenital birth defect that may occur just on the lip, on the palate, or on both. This affects 1 in 500 children in the Philippines.

A cleft changes a child’s face completely. Sufferers struggle to speak or eat properly and this can put huge strain on families. Longer term, they can become isolated and struggle to gain education and find employment.

In a country where 45% of the population live below the poverty line and 40% never see a doctor in their lifetime, children in the Philippines often go untreated because of extreme poverty. They need our support to provide this simple reconstructive surgery. The children we are sponsoring live in San Jose, where rebel groups make it difficult for aid workers to gain access. The nearest hospital is a 10-hour return car journey away.

It only costs £230 to support one child through reconstructive surgery, including accommodation and transport for the child and their guardian. In 2013 we sponsored 28 children and we are hoping to sponsor a further 20 this year.


So far we have sponsored 28 children and we are hoping to sponsor a further 20 this year. Here are the before and after pictures!

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A word from Molly

“As a mother, my heart breaks when I see babies and children suffer with cleft lip or cleft palate birth defects. How wonderful that there are amazing people, doctors and charities that are dedicated to operating on children and transforming their lives.

If you, like me, have a heart for children with this condition, please donate now. Your donation will help provide an operation for a specific child in the Philippines. “Molly Bedingfield
Founder and CEO
Global Angels Foundation


 
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