Beyond the Initial Surgery: Meet Angelo

August 22nd, 2014 by

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Angelo Joaquin Jalisto Ruíz is seven years old. 

Born with a cleft palate, which was operated on when he was three months old, he returned to the operating room when he was a year and a half old for a palate revision. 

He started visiting our partner project, KusiRostros, when he was three years old for speech therapy sessions. His speech improved and he started attending school.

In his first year of school, KusiRostros staff helped him do a presentation about cleft lip and palate to educate his classmates and cut down on the bullying he was experiencing. Now in Grade 2, he has many friends, likes to write poetry and play the organ in music class. 

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Job opportunity: Spanish-speaking Program Manager

August 21st, 2014 by

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Transforming Faces is a Canadian charity that provides free multi-disciplinary cleft care for children and adults in developing countries. We work in partnership with local cleft specialists and fund community-based medical teams. Projects are located in Peru, Argentina, India, Thailand, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Laos.

Job Summary

Working under the supervision and guidance of the Executive Director, the Program Manager:

  • Develops, monitors, manages, and evaluates a portfolio of multidisciplinary projects in Peru, Argentina, and Thailand.
  • Negotiates strategic alliances, actively promotes TF’s comprehensive cleft management model and leverages in-country and international cooperation.
  • Liaises with partners, colleagues, consultants and advisors on issues of project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Implements annual operation plans based on the organization’s strategy map, and takes part in strategic planning and program policy direction.
  • Assists team members in identifying, developing and managing grants
  • Provides input and content for Transforming Faces’ communication efforts.
  • Contributes to public relations efforts, including participation in public events.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Negotiates and prepares contracts and agency agreements with local organizations, government ministries, hospitals, research centers and universities.
  • Works closely with international partners to ensure the successful implementation of projects in Lima, Peru; San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina; and Chiangrai, Thailand.
  • Supports partners to establish and maintain sound financial management practices and submission of audits, financial and narrative reports consistent with approved program work plan and budgets.
  • Offers guidance to partners on governance, human resource and strategic alliances with the support of local and international advisers.

Project Development

  • Assesses new project proposals and brokers partnerships with key local and international stakeholders, including other international cleft organizations.
  • Prepares proposals for approval in consultation with Medical Advisory Committee and Board.
  • Identifies opportunities for partner capacity building through South-South exchanges and training with established centres of excellence.
  • Explores locally driven research opportunities consistent with TF’s strategic directions.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Performs annual field monitoring trips and ensures that projects are progressing according to plan and that financial control systems are maintained and updated.
  • Supports the development of TF’s monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Supports special projects including an electronic medical records system and a workflow toolkit to help our partners streamline clinical processes and document outcomes. 
  • Participates in Balanced Scorecard strategy mapping, indicator development and process design and completion.

Public Engagement and Communication

  • Provides best practice material, articles and pictures to the Communication Coordinator.
  • Facilitates communication and synergy among partners.
  • Provides input to TF’s Communication Strategy.
  • Provides input and identifies grants.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Fluency in verbal and written Spanish is required, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to engage in extensive international travel for 6-8 weeks per year.
  • Post-secondary degree in a field or sector related to international project management, international development or global health.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in managing international or community development programs.
  • Proven track record of using logic models and/or related management tools for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Strong financial management skills (drafting/managing program budgets, expense reports, etc.).
  • Demonstrated understanding of international development and global health issues.
  • Possesses strong negotiation and diplomatic skills to represent TF’s interests at different levels with confidence and passion.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and work efficiently and independently in a small team environment, as well as with volunteers, consultants and peers.

Please submit your resume, cover letter (written in Spanish) and salary expectations by September 20, 2014.  All submissions must be submitted electronically to []

No phone calls, visits or mail please.

We encourage only those candidates with the above specified qualifications to apply. TF thanks all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Beyond the Initial Surgery in Thailand: Meet Su, Cin & Moen

August 21st, 2014 by

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Su, pictured above,  was born with a cleft lip and palate and was admitted to our project in 2006, when he was a year old. In Thailand, TF partners with Northern Women’s Development Foundation (NWDF). His parents are farmers with four children. Su’s sister, Cin, pictured below, also had cleft lip and palate. 

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The family, from Laos, travels over 10 hours, by bus and car, to reach Chiangrai Provice, where our project is located. Su had missed many appointments, due to poor health. The team struggled to keep the lines of communication open. 

Finally, in eary 2014, he was well enough to undergo surgery. 

Su’s father had two siblings who were cleft affected. The family is related to another cleft lip and palate patient enrolled in our project, Moen.

Moen, pictured below, had her lip repaired when she was three and her palate repaired when she was five years old. She will be attending an upcoming speech camp, with Su, and receiving follow up care. 


Beyond a Single Surgery: Meet Ismael

August 20th, 2014 by

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ismael 1Ismael is a 12 year old from the San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima, Peru.

Born on Nov. 4, 1999, with a cleft lip and palate, he has had four operations since his birth. Last year, his classmates at school began to bully him because of his cleft scar.

His parents decided to visit KusiRostros, where he began to recieve speech therapy and where he also visits a psychologist and orthodontist.

His parents, whose relationship was strengthened as they pulled together to deal with his early cleft care, are very proud that he was able to overcome adversity. His mother is thrilled about the help she received at KusiRostros. She mentions that it is important to have this care close to home.

Ismael is now happier. He loves soccer and math.

Your donation will support much more than surgery for newborns – it ensure that children born with cleft lip and palate will receive comprehensive, free, and local care for as long as they need. 

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Pictured: Ismael as a child and in 2013.


Lives Transformed in India

August 19th, 2014 by

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TF partners with Speech and Orthodontic specialists at Chennai’s Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) to Speech & Orthodontic care to rural families in the Thiruvannamalai  & Cuddalore Districts.

On a trip to India earlier this year, our team members met some of the patients whose lives who have helped transform.


Saddrinath (8 years old), his brother, Gopinath (11 years old), and their mother are pictured.

Both brothers were born with cleft lip and palate. Their lips were repaired at a local hospital. However, the surgery was not satisfactory and they refused palate surgery. In 2013, our partner’s field worker identified them and counselled them on the necessity of further treatment. They have since received a successful palate surgery and speech therapy. 


Rubina, 10, and her dad are pictured.

Rubina has visited the team at SRU since she was a year old. She has had all her treatments and surgeries with the project. She will need a pharyngoplasty, which will improve the function of her soft palate by closing off the escape of air through her nose. It will improve her speech and communication. 



Sandhiya, 12, is pictured. She was referred to SRU when she was born at a nearby local hospital. From there, local community health workers used the cleft registry to follow up. Her dad likes that someone calls to tell them that the team is coming, since it’s very difficult to go for appointments.

A lot of parents don’t go to speech camps provided by our partners because they have to register for 100 days of guaranteed work on Thursdays. Sandhiya wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can work at SRU and do free treatments.