Cleft lip and palate can be easily corrected with modern medical care. Yet, in the rural, underserved areas of Guatemala, children suffer the excruciating consequences of these health conditions. These consequences can include being kept isolated due to stigma, malnutrition and even death. Those who survive childhood, have difficulties finding jobs and forming their own families. Todd Peterson, my son-in-law, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Through Todd, our family developed a strong connection with Guatemala and decided to do something to help close the gap in the availability of surgical care in rural areas of this beautiful country.

In rural Guatemala, children with cleft lip or palate do not have easy access to needed surgical care.

In rural Guatemala, children with cleft lip or palate do not have easy access to needed surgical care.

In rural Guatemala, children are rarely able to receive the surgical care they need.

In rural Guatemala, children are rarely able to receive the surgical care they need.

 

 

 

 

 

Babies with cleft lip or palate have a lot of difficulty breastfeeding and can quickly become dehydrated or malnourished. Our health promoters based in the rural communities monitor birth records to identify children with these malformations as early as possible and enroll them in our nutrition program. Enrolled families then receive a specially designed bottle and formula so that they can better feed the babies, making sure they are strong and fit for surgery. We also check on children after the surgery to see how they are doing and make sure there are no post-surgical complications.

Helping is simple. If you wish to make a contribution, you can do so online or you can mail a check to Partner for Surgery, P.O. Box 388, McLean, VA  22101. Any amount helps. We are largely a volunteer organization with only minimum overhead expenses. Your money will go directly to the people who need it the most.

You can also help us by doing your online shopping from AmazonSmile and selecting Partner for Surgery as the organization you want to support. Please feel free to contact us at 703-338-8068 or  info@partnerforsurgery.org if you want to know more.

Beatriz Coningham

Beatriz Coningham

Why write about travel? Travel and exploration have always fascinated me. I marvel at history’s navigators and explorers who expanded the frontiers of the world and of human existence.

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