Facing the World supports and provides life-changing surgery for children from the developing world who are affected by severe facial disfigurements. Through our work we help to restore children’s hopes and aspirations, enabling them to lead more independent lives.
Within the developed world we are rarely exposed to children who suffer from facial deformities, as cases are relatively unusual and are treated early through our healthcare systems. In the developing world, children with such conditions are not so lucky and often suffer a life of persecution, isolation, poor health and even premature death.
There can be many reasons for childhood disfigurement. Some children are disfigured from birth because their parents carry a hidden gene; others are exposed to environmental pollutants before they are born. Sometimes the reason isn’t obvious. Some start their lives healthy but have accidents or develop tumours.
Our surgeons are world leaders in their respective fields and have pioneered a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together expert anaesthetists and craniofacial, maxillofacial and ophthalmic surgeons. Together they work to provide ground-breaking surgery to help these children have a life free from pain and suffering. Our team also share their knowledge with surgeons in developing countries, principally Vietnam.
While the volunteer medical teams give their time for free, Facing the World must still meet the hospital, travel, food and accommodation costs for the children and their parents or guardians. Facing the World receives no statutory funding and is reliant on the generous support of individuals.