Become a direct sponsor of a child
in need of cleft lip and/or palate surgery.

See program details below.

Make a one-time donationMake monthly donations

Become a Guardian Angel

When you sponsor a child in need, you receive:

  • Background information about your sponsored child
  • Regular progress reports
  • Messages and photos about your sponsored child
  • Personal updates from our Rural Health Promoter on how the child is doing
  • Pictures from the life-changing surgery
  • A final update after recovery
Make a one-time donation

With a one-time donation of $1,000, you’ll be providing full sponsorship of a child from inscription into the nutrition program through surgery.

If you would like friends or co-sponsors to receive updates on your sponsored child, you will be able to enter their emails once you have made your donation.

At the end of the program, you’ll have the option to sponsor another child.

Make monthly donations

Monthly donations allow you to make smaller payments while making a big impact. Two options are available in the program:

  • $84 will allow you to be the sole sponsor of a child
  • $21 will allow you to be part of a group of sponsors

Once the child reaches the end of the program, a new child will be automatically assigned to you.

Without cleft lip and/or palate surgery a child born in rural Guatemala may not survive and at a minimum will experience significant malnutrition, speech impairment and a lifetime of ostracization. As a Sponsor, you will be funding the monthly visits by a health promoter, lactation support for the mother, child nutritional supplements as needed and, ultimately, the surgery(s) that will change their lives forever.

Becoming a Guardian Angel is an opportunity for you to follow a child’s progress through what is typically two cleft surgeries. Guardian Angels will get email reports in English, direct from the rural health promoters, which provide insight to the child’s life and progress.

With this sponsorship, you will receive photographs of the child and family, as well as background information. Every month after, you will receive an update on the child’s progress with additional photographs. An individual or a group can hold this sponsorship.

Program stats at a glance

  • There are currently over 250* children enrolled in the Cleft Nutrition Program
  • Children are supported in 17 of 22 rural departments in Guatemala
  • Children remain in the program from 6 to 20 months, depending on surgical needs

*Due to limitations imposed by the COVID pandemic, no international teams are expected until the end of the 2021. While we have local Guatemalan teams available, we expect more children will be added to the program in preparation for surgical missions in 2022.