EVERY CHILD DESERVES THE ABILITY TO SMILE!
Across the world, more than 170,000 children are born with cleft lips or palates every year.
In certain parts of the world, cleft lips are a major problem as more than one million children are left to suffer from untreated clefts. When compared to their peers, people with cleft lips and palates are less likely to get an education, keep a job or even get married.
After China, India and Indonesia, the greatest number of cleft-lip patients occur in Pakistan.
Each year, just 2,500 of the 10,000 Pakistani cleft-lip patients undergo an operation in government hospitals. This means that a staggering 7,500 people are left to suffer from the long-lasting effects of cleft lips and palates due to insufficient amenities.
In Uganda, babies born with a cleft are called ‘Ajok’ which translates to ‘cursed by God’. Sadly, this isn’t an isolated incident, as babies with clefts are killed or abandoned in many countries across the world.
At Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we are committed to providing necessary healthcare and support to babies, children and adults who are suffering from the effects of clefts. Your generous donations can help us to provide life-changing surgery for children born with the condition, ensuring a better quality of life.
Doesn’t every child deserve the opportunity to smile?