Award of excellence goes to our partner, Fundación GAVINA

January 26th, 2017 by

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Award of excellence to our partners


We are very proud of our Argentinian partner, Fundación GAVINA, who has been awarded special recognition from the Tucuman Provincial Legislature for the second year in a row! The local provincial government praised Fundación GAVINA for their excellence in the non-profit sector and applauded the impact of their work.

Transforming Faces has been working in Argentina for over 15 years. Our current partner, Fundación GAVINA, provides comprehensive cleft care services, including surgery, speech therapy, dental care, nutritional support and counselling for family members.



   – Gaby Reinoso (left) and Monica Galvan (right)           accept the award.

Along with a certificate of distinction, they were awarded monetary support of 120,000 Argentinian Pesos (roughly $10,000 CAD) as a contribution to continue to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with cleft lip and palate.


Congratulations Fundación GAVINA!


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

Thiago’s Transformation

August 26th, 2016 by

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Today, seven-year-old Thiago is all smiles!


Last year, he joined our partner program in Argentina, Fundación Gavina. Here, he receives speech therapy, dental care and psychosocial counseling. He attends treatment sessions with his mother, Jorgelina Jerez.

Thiago is described as a very sweet and kind young boy. He loves playing with toy dinosaurs when he visits Gavina.


Meet Milagros from Argentina

June 2nd, 2016 by

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5-year-old Milagros was born with a cleft lip and palate in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. Our team at Fundación GAVINA note that her parents have been a crucial part of her cleft care journey, doing everything they can to ensure she receives adequate care.


Despite the long journey the family usually makes by motorcycle, Milagros has been regularly able to attend cleft care services at our facility in GAVINA. Her parents are also very committed volunteers and have provided active support with several initiatives at GAVINA. They have readily provided support, advice and counselling to many other parents of children with cleft lip and palate.

Our partners note how great it is to see the happy and cheerful Milagros being supported by her parents during her cleft care services like surgery, speech therapy and dental care.

Read more about our work in Argentina