How we met
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 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.
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
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
Gerald is 15 years old. He got operated on his cleft palate the same day as his two brothers Allan and Benji.
He was brought by Rucksack Coach from Bohol to Manila where the specialists from NCFP performed the operation.
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.