One in every 600 children in Guatemala is born with cleft lip or cleft palate. Children born with this deformity are unable to nurse, and because their families often cannot afford formula, they begin to starve.

In February of 2012, PID began accepting cleft lip and palate babies into the child sponsorship program. Shortly after, PID was connected with a renowned, expert surgeon in Antigua Guatemala who volunteered to donate his services and only charge for the cost of the surgery and hospitalization.

Depending on the severity of the cleft lip or palate, the child may require up to four surgeries. Surgeries generally cost around $600. Many cases involve much more than just closing up a gap, including orthodontic treatment, bone reconstruction, speech therapy and life-long monitoring for ear infections and respiratory problems, which are common among cleft lip and palate kids.

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