Beautiful Before & After a Huge Success

May 28th, 2015 by

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support lives transformed on Thursday May 21, 2015. It was a wonderful evening complete with Silent Auction prizes galore, delicious food, live music and great friends! 

Thanks to your generous support, we raised over $35,000 before the match for our international cleft care programs. 100% of proceeds from the event go directly to cleft care. In addition, all Silent Auction proceeds and ‘Fund-A-Need’ donations will be matched. 

Beautiful Before & After

A special thank you goes out to our event sponsor, the Abbysinnian Foundation, our Host and Honorary Chair, Brendan Ashcroft, and our Guest Speakers, Dr. Sandra Fastlicht and Jeri Paul. We would also like to thank all our generous silent auction prize sponsors, volunteers and Fundraising Committee for helping to make the evening a huge success! 

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Silent Auction Prizes

May 14th, 2015 by

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We hope to see you this Thursday May 21, 2015 for our annual Beautiful Before & After Celebration! 100% of event proceeds are directed to our international cleft care programs.

BB&A textSilent Auction Prizes





  • Official NBA basketball autographed by the entire Raptors team (courtesy of MLSE)
  • PlayStation 4 console & games 
  • Fitness package (valued at $300) 
  • Limited edition Group of Seven framed print (donated by Radonic Rogers)
  • Vintage port
  • Golf
  • Hair products by Calia
  • Gift certificate to Roots Canada

… and more! 

A big thank you to our event sponsor, the Abbysinnian Foundation, our evening’s host, Beverly Thomson of CTV’s CANADA AM, and our Honorary Chair, Brendan Ashcroft. 

Online tickets are no longer available. Remaining tickets will be available for sale at the door for $80. 

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Download our 2014 Annual Report!

May 7th, 2015 by

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Since its inception, Transforming Faces has focused on ensuring every child born with cleft lip and palate has access to the full range of treatment they need for as long as they need it, and, in 2014, we made some huge strides to turn this promise into a reality.

Some highlights from last year include:

  • 2,321 patients supported through 43,634 rehabilitation interventions
  • 336 cleft repair surgeries completed in our partner countries
  • A new plastic surgeon recruited to support our work in Argentina
  • A new dental clinic launched at UPCH, a university/teaching hospital in Peru
  • Local fundraising generated over $31,000 in Thailand 
  • Field testing of the NIFTY Cup in India, a low-cost feeding tool for infants unable to breastfeed
  • Speech therapy outreach held in Ethiopia 
  • South-South training in Peru and Argentina supported by Chile’s Fundación Gantz

Download a copy of our 2014 Annual Report or contact us if you would like a copy mailed. 

To access our 2014 audited financial statements, click here

Lives Transformed: Meet Sifen

April 30th, 2015 by

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DSC05739 (2)Sifen Alemayehu was born with cleft lip in Ethiopia. She was referred to our partner hospital, Yekatit 12 (the country’s only comprehensive cleft care centre) and at three months of age, arrived at our centre with her mother and uncle.  At nine months old, Sifen was able to have her first lip repair surgery and her family was overjoyed.

Sifen’s parents are from East Shewa, a very rural part of Ethiopia where they work as farmers.  Due to their low socioeconomic status, they did not believe their child would be able to have her cleft repaired. Our team at Yekatit 12 note that when Sifen’s mother saw her baby after the surgery she was unable to fully express the happiness she felt.

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Sifen will continue to receive comprehensive care at Yekatit 12. She is one of many Ethiopian patients who will benefit enormously from a new government-funded hospital building currently under construction.

Yekatit 12 currently has a 260-bed capacity for a catchment area of 1.5 million people. Thanks to this new infrastructure, which has been under construction for the last two years, Yekatit 12 will be able to dramatically increase its capacity in all areas of clinical treatment. As part of the expansion, two operation rooms are being exclusively designated for cleft lip and palate treatment to support patients like Sifen.



New Hospital

Stay tuned for more updates on this project! 


A Bright Future for Iniya

April 23rd, 2015 by

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Iniya in 2007

20-year-old Iniya was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and has been receiving comprehensive cleft care from our India partner, Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) for nearly eight years. In 2007, her family heard about the project through an awareness camp held at a government hospital in Thiruvannamalai. Thanks to SRU’s available services, Iniya received two cleft repair surgeries: a fistula closure and an alveolar bone graft. She and her family have also been able to access speech therapy and dental care services through SRU’s mobile camps that run only 25 kilometres from their home.

Iniya has been very happy with the results of her ongoing care. She says that “without this treatment, I would have not come out of my home, not attended school, not made friends and not spoken clearly. But now I have gained the confidence to move out and socialize with others as they can understand my speech.”Iniya- a student of nursing (2)

Iniya is now a third year nursing student at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing in the Thiruvannamalai district. She hopes to complete a postgraduate Masters degree in Nursing so that one day, she can bring the same quality care and psychosocial support she received from SRU to other families of children born with cleft lip and palate.

Iniya’s story is one of true transformation. According to her mother, A. Soundarajan, “this project has brought light in my daughter’s life.” Iniya will continue to receive care from our team in India and is scheduled to receive an orthodontic procedure next month.

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Iniya (front, third from right) at the beach with a group of friends