Beauty-Shoot for cleft patients for more self confidence and more

Beauty shoot for more self-confidence(idea © Rucksack Coach   –  Photo © AnnKathrin Lange)

has brought so much enthusiasm and motivation. Not only for our cleft families but also to so many other people in need, who are support by Rucksack Coach. 21 portraits we already got sponsored if you want to sponsor a portrait, you can do so here: Donate please

 

With only € 3.32 I can give out another portrait package. A framed portrait plus additional photos.

Donations to Rucksack Coach are tax deductible.

Holistic care. Body, mind and soul. That’s always important to me, also reagrding our cleft friends.

Bullying, staring and being laughed at, the feeling of being different or incomplete have left scars on the souls of those affected as well as with their parents and family members. Surgery is the first of many steps.

Often their self-confidence is quite low. I thought about what else could I do? With a beauty shoot, I wanted to give you all of them a very special day. Each individual should be at the center of positive attention. Getting a professional styling and make-up and having all Camaras on them. Their individual beauty is what I wanted to capture in a portrait. more to: Beauty-Shoot for cleft patients

Idea © Rucksack Coach
Photo © Ann-Kathrin Lange

Portrait No 23: We’re a poor family but we’re happy together.

Portraits-14Hi! Hello my name is Reena Marie Orillosa Garces. We are a poor family but we are happy together. When someone has a problem we solve it together. My ambition is to become a photographer like Ate Melly and Ate Ann-Kathrin. They are my friends in Germany, how I wish to become a photographer someday like the two of my best friends.
But there´s a problem, there´s a difficult problem like my Ate Estela has too. We can´t go to school because we have no money. Lord help me and my Ate Estela to find someone who sponsors our school supplies because we like to go to school so that we finish our study. So we can help our parents to let our little brothers study and our little sister Niña Grace and to help to find food for us.
That´s all. Thank you. Reena Marie Orillosa Garcs Maquiling, 11 years old.
From Binting, Calape, Bohol, Philippines.
Idea © Rucksack Coach – Foto © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Portrait No 22: Diary of a cleft mummy. Before and during cleft operation.

Mama Estrella kept a diary during and prior to surgery. Here she shares her story, she talks about her conversations with God, who gave her strength. She describes her experiences and her observations. She describes how we all went to reach limits, she watched as I, the person from which she drew her strength itself was weak and had to find her strength again.

Through her experience I have learned to be more mindful and caring. Not only with my patients but also with myself. I‘ve learned that not everyone who wants the help is really ready for it. Half-hearted aid can do more harm. I’ve learned to listen even more to my intuition. That means sometimes alleged help” shall be rejected if the feeling tells you there’s something wrong. Our internal GPS system will guide us through our feelings and intuition. A journey into the trust. Continue reading

Cleft operation – the result brought tears into our eyes.

Leemcer Collage 1Since 5 months my three year old daughter and I, accompany as Rucksack Coach, the young family on their way. Leemcer Zeus was initially not strong enough for surgery. After 4 weeks waiting in Manila, we cheered together for the next X-ray examination. The result brought tears into our eyes. Leemcer’s pneumonia was not yet completely healed. An operation was not possible. The next X-ray examination could take place in not earlier than 4 weeks. The young family decided to return to Bohol and wait there. Would they come back? Would her flight again be sponsored by NCFP? I promised not to stop support until Leemcer Zeus receives his first operation.

On April 30, I brought Leemcer and parents again to Manila. NCFP sponsored the flight. Leemcer was operated by the specialists of NCFP on his cleft lip.

The healing is going very well  and if all goes well Leemcer Zeus will get his cleft palate surgery in 3 to 6 month.

Idea © Rucksack Coach – Photo © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Portrait No 20: Her positive attitude opened new doors.

June Marie is the mom of cleft child Leemcer Zeus (8 months old).

Together with husband Resmeel she lovingly cares for son Leemcer. Leemcers cleft lip scars have not yet healed when the young family received negative news from Bohol. They were driven out of their home and have to start from scratch. Continue reading

Living with cleft patients and ghost in Manila. She died at the age of 34 and appeared at my 34th birthday.

Good morning Manila. 5:30 a.m. Well rested for another day, not really. The nights and days are really hot. It is summer in Manila and around 40° Celsius. I learned that the normal body temperature in the Philippines is considered to be 37°. In Germany I was used to 36° body temperature.

 

Where do you sleep?

Malia Luna and I stay with our remaining two cleft patients and their parents in the St. Joseph Transient House in Quezon City Manila. This place is run by the ICM-Immaculate Connception Missionary- Sisters. It is for the less fortunate people and their relatives who come from far away to Manila for operation. The relatives wait here until the patients get discharched from hospital and then the patients stay here until they recover or in some cases they stay for month and wait their turn for operation. Many different characters and energies come together. Continue reading

Portrait No 18: Allan

Allan is 24 years old. In march 2015 he got operated on his cleft palate on the same day as his two brothers Gerald and Benji. The operation was performed by the specialist of NCFP.

Allan was the oldest patient who was brought by Rucksack Coach from Bohol to Manila.

 

Idea © Rucksack Coach – Foto © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Starting from the scratch with doormats. Never give up. And how you can support.

For 5 month now, my 3 year old daughter and me, accompany cleft patients on their long way to recovery. I was looking for them, driving to their homes to the different barangays and had gunmen following us. I brought them to different check-ups and went with them on a over 30hour journey to Manila. We rode together tricycle, multicap and jeepnis, taxi, pedicap, ferry and plane. I had support on the way and was suddenly left alone. But I had promised not to stop until all 10 patients received their first operation and they know how to get the follow up operations. (All operationa and compleat clft treatment done by NCFP). Now 5 month later all 10 patients have received their operation. One major step is done. Thank you to everyone to helped along the way. Also to the ones who had not the endurance to finish. I did learn from all of them.

Along the way I got to know patients and families very well.  We shared joy and tears, laughter and sorrows. The cleft patients and families became our friends and finally our family.

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