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News Update December 2016

It has been a fantastic year for the Children of Sumatra charity; we helped 70 children born with cleft deformities, experience transformational surgery with life changing results. We had two fantastic teams of volunteers who made this difficult feat a reality. In our search for the children needing our help this year, we travelled a...

About Us

Our simple vision is to change the quality of life for children with cleft deformities. Our mission is to find children in desperate need of surgery and to provide much needed help.

In 2001, The Children of Sumatra was set up with the simple vision of helping the vast number of children who suffer from cleft lip and palate deformities living on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Since then, our charity has been providing plastic surgery, dentistry, financial support and medical care for cleft suffering children across Sumatra to develop a better quality of life for children with this deformity.

Many families in this area of the world are too poor to pay for a simple operation that can transform their child’s future. In Europe and America, we have become quite unaware of this condition as it is corrected within the first year of a child’s life, often leaving behind no trace. However in Indonesia this is not the case and the condition currently affects as many as 1 in every 500 children. Our mission has taken our team into some of the most remote jungles, mountains and isolated islands in and around Sumatra, where transport and simple infrastructure is immensely lacking. We have also funded operations and long term aftercare for some of Indonesia’s poorest urban children, several of whom have been abandoned by families and others left orphaned by a multitude of tragic circumstances.