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.
*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.