Where We Work

 

 

Where We Work

 

 

India

 

At Transforming Faces, we believe that as long as there are children living with cleft lip and palate, we still have work to do. That’s exactly why we’re working in India to provide comprehensive cleft lip and cleft palate care to children who might otherwise, have no hope for treatment. Building on valued partnerships that we’ve nurtured over the last decade, Transforming Faces is committed to making a difference in the lives of India’s children. It’s because of the generous one-time gifts and awesome monthly support form people just like you that Transforming Faces can continue their charitable work in India. Consider donating to our cause today!

Fast Facts

India MapPROGRAM FOCUS

  • Population: 1.3 billion
  • Partner: Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Shree Jain Hospital, and Rangadore Memorial Hospital 
  • Based in:Chennai, Mysore, Kolkata and Bangalore
  • Partner since: 2005

PROGRAM FOCUS

  • Working with top speech, orthodontic and dental specialists to provide care for families in Thiruvannamalai and Cuddalore districts
  • Ensuring care is accessible to remote, rural communities
  • Training community-based workers to conduct home visits and community camps for families in local contexts

RECENT SUCCESSES

  • Celebrating 15 years of partnership between TF & SRIHER
  • Using mobile speech therapy and dental vans to reach children and families in remote communities
  • Partnering with Indian cleft charity, ABMSS, to expand access to comprehensive care for children in Mysore, Kolkata and Bangalore
  • Providing comprehensive care services to 614 children born with cleft in 2019

KEY CHALLENGES

  • Reaching rural communities: India’s poor transportation infrastructure and long travel distances can prevent families in remote communities from accessing care

EXPANDING COMPREHENSIVE CARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DCKH:

In July 2018, TF launched a new partnership with Germany’s largest cleft organization, Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH) and its counterpart in IndiaABMSS. Building on our shared mandate, we seek to deliver the full circle of cleft care to  low-income families in Mysore, Kolkata, and Bangalore. 

CANADIAN SUPPORTERS: Sisters of Charity – Halifax, Rotary Club of East York

Program Updates

How Bharathi’s Life Changed at Sixteen

How Bharathi’s Life Changed at Sixteen

For 16 years, Bharathi faced shame and stigma at every turn. No one in her small, rural community understood what it meant to be born with a cleft. She wanted to go to school like her peers, but gave up on her education because of the relentless teasing she faced. She shares that “no one at school would talk to me.”

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