Transforming Lives through Training

December 21st, 2016 by

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Jeremiah was born with a cleft lip and palate in Mendoza, a city in northern Argentina. Here he is pictured with one of our partner orthodontists, Dr. Silvia Torres.

Silvia with Jeremiah

Earlier this year, Dr. Torres participated in a Transforming Faces training program in Chile that focused on nasoalveolar moulding (NAM). This is a technique that is used to reduce the size of the cleft before surgery; by using the NAM device, patients are less likely to have severe facial scarring or need secondary surgeries.

Within just one week of receiving this training, Dr. Torres was back in Argentina using the NAM technique she had learned to provide better care for Jeremiah.

Thanks to support from Dr. Torres and our cleft care team in Argentina, Jeremiah has now had his cleft repair surgery and has a fresh start with a brand new, beautiful smile.silvia-and-jeremiah_after-surgery

For over 15 years, your support of Transforming Faces has meant that over 16,815 patients like Jeremiah have received care from over 185 local medical professionals globally. Whether it is a nurse counseling a mother on feeding a newborn with cleft or a speech therapist giving a session to a young adult, the Transforming Faces multidisciplinary approach means that all patients with cleft receive high quality and long-term care.

Mayra’s Magical Smile

December 14th, 2016 by

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Mayra joined our project in Argentina when she was one year old.

She was born with a cleft in the town of Los Ralos in northern Argentina. Her mother, Rosa Ester, learned about our partner organization, Gavina from the mother of another patient. Mayra now attends regular speech therapy sessions and her mother has noticed a huge improvement.Mayra from Argentina

Mayra now feels much more comfortable speaking and can pronounce words more clearly. When asked how their lives have changed since accessing treatment, Rosa Ester burst into tears. She is so happy with how far Mayra has come and what’s in store for her future.

We think Mayra’s big, bright, beautiful smile says it all!

Mayra with her mother, Rosa Ester

Holiday Office Closure

December 13th, 2016 by

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Please note that our office will be closed for the holidays between Friday December 23 and Friday December 30. If you need to reach us, please leave a voicemail at 416-222-6581 and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for all of your support in 2016 and a very Happy Holidays to you and your families! 


Thank You, TF Champions

December 5th, 2016 by

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Today is International Volunteer Day and we are so excited to recognize all the amazing volunteers who help make our work possible! As a small organization, we rely heavily on the time, dedication and passion of volunteers for our international programs, events, office work and much more.



Here in Canada, we are so fortunate to have many supporters who help make sure our events run smoothly from start to finish, help with our annual mailings, provide assistance in the office and go above and beyond to support cleft care. A special thank you to our Fundraising Committee and friends from U of T’s SLP program who made our two events possible this year.


We are also lucky to have a wonderful Medical Advisory Committee who use their time and expertise to make sure our international programs are medically sound, safe and effective. Thank you, MAC and medical volunteers!

We also want to extend a huge thank you to our many volunteers around the world. Each of our partner programs have teams of dedicated supporters who work tirelessly to ensure children born with cleft lip and palate have access to affordable care. They contribute so much to our programs – from donating free spaces to hold our programs, to assisting with translation, to helping with patient follow-up in remote communities. Thank you, international volunteers!


We are so grateful to all of our TF Champions for your passion, energy, commitment and time. Thank you for helping transform lives! 


Join the Global Giving Movement

November 28th, 2016 by

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GivingTuesday Countdown

November 29, 2016 marks GivingTuesday, a global celebration of philanthropy and an opportunity to give back to the causes you care about.

This GivingTuesday, you can help provide life-changing care for a child born with cleft lip and palate. That means not just supporting a cleft repair surgery but long-term care that helps patients through every step of their journey from speech therapy to dental care to nutrition counseling and much more.


The cost of one treatment, such as a speech therapy session or hearing assessment typically costs between $20-50 and for approximately $20/month for one year, you can support the cost of surgery and long-term care for one child.

This GivingTuesday, consider giving the best possible gift to a child born with a cleft – the chance to enjoy their childhood and grow into healthy, happy, confident adults. 

Yes, I want to help!