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 →
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.
Togetherwith husbandResmeelshelovingly caresforsonLeemcer. Leemcers cleftlipscarshave not yet healedwhen the youngfamily receivednegativenews fromBohol. They weredriven out of theirhomeandhaveto start from scratch. Continue reading →
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.
My name is Jocelyn Roluna N., my husband is Wilfredo Selem N.. We have 10 children: Krystel 21, Joeffrey 19, Wendelyn 18, Jovanie 18, Jovelyn 17, Welly 15, Gerald 13, Jerome 12, Jonathan 11 and Jonas 10. Our oldest daughter graduated highschool. She is going to apply for work. She has no work experience so far, but I want her to work so she can help her brothers and sisters.
We don’t have enough money for everydays life. We live on a small island and sell the fish my husband and our sons catch. But mostly it is not enough for all of us. I have a sideline, I am a manicurist, sometimes I have service, but sometime I cannot serve because my hand cannot work for a long time. Sometimes my body and my muscles are in pain. Sometimes my in-laws have pitty on us and help but it happens only sometimes.
Most of the time we don’t have enough money. We try to save money so our kids can go to school, but it is just not enough.
This is my short story, thank you for listening and reading my story. Good day. Thank you very much. Jocelyn N.
JocelynNatividadhasdelivered10children into this world. Twosons were bornwitha cleft lipand palate, one sonwith acleft lip. As amom of10childrenJocelynis very busy. Laundry is washedby handandtakes a long timeto complete.
Iwanted to givea greatbeautyshootexperience also to the mum.The photographerAnn–Kathrin Lange andassistantMellyKießmade theshootinga very memorable one. Annkabroughtclothes thatthe women could keep.
WellyNatividad, nicknameJhimboyis 15 years oldandlives with his parentsandhis 9 siblingsonPanganganIslandin the Philippines. Thefamily incomeis very low,so thatWellysupporsthis fatherwhen fishingto feed thefamily.
Wellywas operatedas a little boyon hiscleft lip, but it was onlyinApril 2015 that he received his follow-up operation for his cleftpalate. He was brought tothe1,000kmdistantcapitalManilaby Rucksack Coach and operated fromNCFP.
JonathanNatividadis 10 years oldandlives with his parentsandhis 9siblingsonPanganganIsland in thePhilippines. In February2015 Rucksack Coach has brought him toManila, where he received a cleftlip correction. With him his two brothersJonasandWelly got operated. All operations were performed by NCFP.
Jonas Natividad 9 years old is the youngest out of 10 siblings. He had a cleftpalate operation in march 2015, together with his two brothers Jonathan and Welly. Accompanied by Rucksack Coach and operated by NCFP in Manila.