We wanted to tell you about one of the hundreds of thousands of children who has been helped by your donations.
Kiiza was brought to us at the age of 13.
He was born to a cattle keeping community in a very poor region of Uganda. His clan believes that a child born with a craniofacial deformity brings a curse to the herd which results in loss of cattle.
Others like him are traditionally buried alive in a heap of cow dung at birth, and never see the light of day.
Luckily he was delivered in hospital, and by the time his clan took a decision about his fate, the health care providers had already assured his mother that Kiiza would grow up like any other boy, if he receives care.
Care, however, didn’t come early since this community lives in the country side. An attempt to send him to school failed because he easily became a laughing stock in class being mocked and ridiculed.
His mother didn’t lose hope for her son. She heard an announcement, inviting all children with this deformity to come in for free surgery sponsored by Smile Train, including a promise to assist with transport. She borrowed money from her neighbors and brought Kiiza in for surgery.
After his free cleft surgery, Kiiza was so full of joy and promised that although he was starting school late in life, he would work hard and become a doctor to help other children with similar problems!
These simple surgeries – that take as little as 45 minutes – are SO important to the millions of children with cleft lips and palates.
From all of us here at Smile Train.