Stories

Vineesh and Cleft: A Supportive Family and Community

Vineesh and Cleft: A Supportive Family and Community

Vineesh and Cleft: A Supportive Family and Community Vineesh was born in 2012 to a humble family living in the village of Neriya, India near the coastal region of Karnataka. He has two siblings whom he enjoys playing with. Vineesh enthusiastically attends school each...

Esther Accesses Comprehensive Cleft Care

Esther Accesses Comprehensive Cleft Care

Esther & Her Family Access Comprehensive Cleft Care in Uganda Dan, a bicycle mechanic, and Hellen, a stay-at-home mother, reside on the shores of the swampy Lake Kyoga, along with their two children - Janet and Innocent. In mid-2021, they expanded their family and...

Bubbly Samantha’s Journey: Costa Rica

Bubbly Samantha’s Journey: Costa Rica

Bubbly Samantha's Journey with Cleft and Speech Therapy Samantha is an absolute chatterbox. She is a bubbly and energetic two-year-old, who loves meeting new people. When members of the Transforming Faces’ team visited her family in early April, we noticed this right...

Aynalem Learns Feeding Techniques to Help Her Son Thrive

Aynalem Learns Feeding Techniques to Help Her Son Thrive

Aynalem Learns Feeding Techniques to Help Her Son Thrive Uriel was born in Debre Markos, a small city in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. That he is now a thriving, healthy 1-year-old had almost been beyond hope for his mother, Aynalem. She had never heard of cleft lip...

Ethiopia: Meet Kalid

Ethiopia: Meet Kalid

Five years ago, Kalid was born with a cleft lip and palate in West Haraghe, a region of Ethiopia over ten hours away from the capital of Addis Ababa. His family did not know who to turn to for support and his ability to speak clearly and participate in school was...

Uganda: Meet Prossy

Uganda: Meet Prossy

Kyomuhendo was expecting twin girls, but she was shocked to discover that her daughter Prossy was born with a cleft lip and palate. Her midwife was quick to identify the common birth anomaly, affecting an estimated 1,100 births in Uganda each year. She referred...

2020 Fall Update: Bright Start

2020 Fall Update: Bright Start

Though the border between Thailand and Myanmar has remained closed since March 25, 2020 due to COVID travel restrictions, TF’s local partner, the Northern Women’s Development Foundation (NWDF), continues to support virtual speech and counselling support while...