Our children all have remarkable stories, and we are repeatedly astonished and touched by the exceptional courage and perseverance they and their families display with so many odds stacked against them. They come from all over the world, referred to us not only by charities, hospitals, and aid agencies, but by individuals too – the families themselves and their friends, of course, but also teachers, local doctors, and even compassionate tourists. Sometimes the children arrive with us as a result of remarkable persistence, as shown by Kalyani’s father. Sometimes it can be simply a question of luck – of the right person being in the right place at the right time, as in Pan’s case.
The conditions many of our children suffer from are very complex, and treatment involves a number of surgical procedures over many years. This is true for Jessi and Ali, now settled back in their home countries and hopefully at the end of their long surgical journeys, for Hadisa and Akam, who we hope to see again this year, and for Triny, who is here with us now and who will return home soon with a view to coming back to us in some months’ time.
As Triny’s mother Sarah said recently, Facing the World gives hope to children who had none.
Children are selected on the basis that:
- Surgery is judged to have the possibility of being life-changing
- Applicants have no other severe medical conditions
- Applicants are 16 or under on the date of application.
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