INE033 Recovery surgery for children with cleft lip
‘Anak sumbing’, lacerated child. That is how people on Sulawesi (Indonesia) call a child having a cleft lip. A cleft lip is visible for everyone. Besides having a cleft lip, these children often have a cleft jaw. The costs for a surgery are €800, which parents mostly cannot afford. By your support dozens of children can be operated by a doctor in a clinic in Makassar. This results in opening a completely new world for children: no embarrassment, no pitying glances, no speech impediment, but better health conditions and a fair chance to have the develop in the same way as other children do.
why this project?
Deficiencies of folic acid in nutrition of pregnant women on Sulawesi results in a relatively high percentage of children born with a cleft lip. Actually, a simple remedy for a cleft lip is a surgery. Retired pastor, Ake Demas, is doing these surgeries. Pastor Demas is still active in preaching in Mamasa, and by visiting different areas he meets those who are in need. Besides doing a surgery, pastor Demas is able to guide children and their parents in the months after the surgery to build up their lives.
The impact of a project is for families getting rid of shame, children eating easily, and children speaking more clearly. The chances for those children to work in public sectors are as big as children of the same age. Besides, pastor Demas pays attention to both physical and spiritual health of children and their parents. Finally, non-Christians are getting in touch with the love of Christ.
what can we learn?
Seeing physical needs of others and dealing mercifully with them; that is what we see in pastor Demas’ life. He shows us how to follow the Lord Jesus. His attitude makes us wonder whether we really see those who are handicapped, who have a disease or a disability, and how we respond to them.