Facing the World does not ask for donations for specific children because we prioritise patients on the basis of medical urgency rather than how much money a particular appeal might raise. Therefore we ask for donations to a general patient fund and then we allocate to each child’s treatment accordingly.
It costs an average of £50,000 to fund one child’s treatment in the UK and we are immensely grateful for any donations we receive.
The generosity of our donors and fundraisers has enabled a number of children to come to the UK in 2014 to benefit from help through Facing the World. We have been delighted to see Triny from Uganda, Hadisa from Afghanistan, Stefan from Bosnia and Akam from Iraq, and we hope to be able to bring Mbaraka from Tanzania over before the end of the year. We are already planning to schedule Mesaidi from Kenya and Cissy from Uganda to come to us in 2015, and, as ever, many more children have been referred to us in the hope that they may receive life-changing surgery.
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.