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Deborah is an 11 year old from the San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima, Peru. She is in grade 6 and is a very diligent student.
Her parents, pictured here with her, are very proud of the young lady they have helped support. Her mother credits her doctor and husband for helping her through the initial fears and trouble feeding when Deborah was first born.
Deborah used to travel 2 hours to receive care for her cleft and she had trouble attending all of her appointments. Since a community rehabilitation centre opened in her district, her commute is now 30 minutes by bus.
She visits the CRC once a week to receive speech therapy, counselling, and dental advice. She began her speech sessions when she was four and although she has some speech difficulties, she is a well-spoken and kind-hearted young woman. She has undergone 10 operations so far and is grateful for the care she has received because of TF’s support.
Bear Pals, an organization that knits and crochets teddy bears for children, kindly donated some teddy bears so that we could distribute them to our local partners. We handed some out to patients we visited in Peru.
One of the lucky bear recipients was named Mael Aguilar, a 9 month old from the region of Ate, an eastern district in the Lima Province. She was born with a cleft lip and palate. Her mother found out about KusiRostros through another mother and they have been very happy with the treatment she has received. Her lip was repaired two months ago. The family, who moved to Lima 4 years ago, is very close – Mael’s 11 year old sister misses her when she is at school.
Little Mael Aguilar, with her mother and the psychologist, Carmela.
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well here’s a new day in the Holiday Season – a day to give back!
The first annual GivingTuesday is happening December 3 across Canada!
GivingTuesday, initiated in Canada by CanadaHelps and GIV3, marks the opening day of the giving season. The movement encourages individuals and organizations to join together and find innovative ways to give back to the charities and causes they support throughout the holiday season.
How will you give back?
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Donate Now & Transform a Life: 100% of donations go directly to our cleft programs and all donations of $200 or more will be matched!
- WANT TO TRIPLE YOUR DONATION?
Interac will match donations on December 3 (if you pay using Interac Online). If you donate $200 or more, your donation will also be matched by our private charitable foundation. Donate via this link.
- Donate in lieu of gifts – Find out how Aleena, an 8 year old, raised $545 in lieu of gifts.
- Tweet about it! Use #GivingTuesdayca #feelgreatgiving or tweet us at @TransformFaces to let us know how you’ll give back today!
- Share your plans with us on Facebook
- Walk, run, bake, fundraise, transform lives! Become a champion for children with cleft lip and palate!
- Celebrate your birthday with Transforming Faces: We’ve partnered with ECHOage, a birthday party website that helps kids give to charity while getting great gifts. Get started!
- Cash in your closet! Check out our Closets & Causes page to either sell your fashionable clothing & accessories or shop other peoples closets and help us reach our goal.
Happy Giving Tuesday!
Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for Transforming Faces. When you donate your car, it will either be recycled or sold at auction. The proceeds will then be forwarded to TF and a tax receipt will be provided accordingly.
Donate A Car Canada can provide you with free towing in many areas across Canada. They will pick up your car or truck or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation.
To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Transforming Faces Worldwide, go to www.donatecar.ca and fill in the donate form.
Last year, we introduced a little girl from Peru named Sayuri. She had just turned 1 and was visiting our Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) in Lima to receive speech stimulation and dentistry advice. Her mother also received counselling.
Today, in part due to your generous support last year, Sayuri continues to receive follow up care.
She likes to play with her dolls and has begun to talk and sing. Although she is being treated for a recently discovered hip problem that is unrelated to her cleft, she continues to grow and thrive.
Here she is pictured last year, on the left, and this year, on right.
Many children like Sayuri need help that goes beyond the initial surgery. Please consider a donation today.
Your support will transform a life.