Ate Cynthia is the good soul of the transient house in Banawe, Manila. She takes care of the patients, cooks, laughs and prays with and for them.
The transient house is run by the ICM Immaculate Conception Missionary Sisters. Patients in need and their accompany receive simple accomondation and food for around 2$/day.
Several month I stayed with our cleft patients with the ICM sisters. Noordhof Craniofacial Foundation Philippines-NCFP paid for all of our patients. I used to buy extra food for the patients, sometimes I got donations but most of the time I paid from my money.
Even though Philippinos, as they told me themselves, don’t like raw food, they got to love my fresh vegetables salad.
I was told about a boy with cleft in Inabanga, which is around 1 1/2 hours away from Pangangan Island. It is complicated to find the house, so someone had to accompany me. We prepared for the journey and I asked to call up the mother to make sure she is there when we arrive. It was a very hot day. Malia felt asleep in the car. I carried her to the hut where I met Charles for the first time. Continue reading →
Charles, Charly, Charlsy. Who would have thought that this boy would grow so fond to me.
Charly’s development in the past 5 months makes me so incredibly proud and confirms my belief that what we are doing for months, my 3 year old daughter and I, made a difference. We touch the hearts of people and they touch our hearts. We all have changed by this experience. We reached our limits and helped each other to keep going. Continue reading →
has brought so muchenthusiasm and motivation. Not onlyforour cleftfamiliesbut alsoto so many otherpeople in need, who are support by Rucksack Coach. 21portraitswealready gotsponsored…ifyou want to sponsor a portrait, you can do sohere: Donate please
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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
Hi! 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.
MamaEstrellakept a diaryduringandprior to surgery. Heresheshares her story, shetalks about herconversations withGod, who gaveher strength. She describes herexperiencesandher observations. She describeshowwe all wentto reach limits, shewatchedas I, the personfrom which shedrewher strengthitselfwasweak andhad to findher strengthagain.
Throughher experienceI have learnedto bemore mindful and caring. Not onlywith my patientsbut alsowith myself. I‘ve learned that noteveryone who wantsthehelpis reallyready for it. Half-heartedaidcan domoreharm. I’ve learnedto listen even more tomy intuition. That meanssometimesalleged“help” shall be rejected ifthefeeling tells youthere’s something wrong. OurinternalGPS systemwill guide usthroughour feelings andintuition. A journey into thetrust.Continue reading →
Since 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.