Ever wanted to visit the charity the Children of Sumatra first hand? This could be your chance!
I’ve been involved in supporting this great charity ever since I met the founder Katie in 2005, when Aceh was reeling from the Tsunami disaster. This small but incredibly dedicated charity has changed the lives of 100’s of children…..literally.
Teaming up with Adventure Aid, you now have the chance to meet the charity and children in person and be inspired by how young lives are being transformed. The trip also includes visits to the orang-utans and to famous Lake Toba. By joining this tour to Sumatra your money will directly go to supporting the cleft lip and palate operations provided to the children.
Please check out the link for more details and share on your fb page. http://www.adventureaid.org.uk/sumatra/
Thank you for following the Children of Sumatra in 2016. As we journey towards our busiest time of the year, it means so much to us to share our news and gain your support.
This year’s road trips have begun! We are stunned each year by the ever increasing number of children in need of our help. This year, despite the rough terrain and landslides along our way, we are managing to reach children in some of the most remote areas of Sumatra. Initially meeting these children and families is really quite indescribable; out of nowhere, our car arrives and children are given the chance for a future of new health and happiness which they have often never anticipated. As a result, this time of year can be just as emotional and heart warming as reaching that moment when we see children journeying home, beaming their new smiles as they leave the rehabilitation centre in the coming months. This gift and opportunity is only made possible by our donors and volunteers each and every year and without them, these children’s hope would be lost.
We have, however, a very long road ahead of us this year; amongst the many new children already found during the first few days of our road trip, we have many children returning to us who were too unwell to undergo surgery in 2015. This means there is a rapidly growing number of children for whom we must provide a vast amount of care.
In so many cases, the medical help we provide for the children located on our road trips each year, is far from straight forward. Many children and babies suffering from cleft lip and palate deformity need urgent nutritional intervention and medicines to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. This means we are working hard to reach children and assess their needs immediately, to allow them their best chance of receiving an operation this year.
Our teams of Dutch surgeons begin the first set of operations in October this year. With a growing list of children, who so deserve this life changing surgery provided by these doctors, we find ourselves ever grateful to our regular donors and those whom share and support the work we do, as it is all made possible by you.
We very much look forward to sharing with you the next leg of our journey as we give hope to those in the far reaches of Sumatra, Indonesia, and start to prepare for the busiest, most emotional and rewarding part of our year.