A Life without Stigma

“My two sons are now perfectly healthy. They’re mixing with everyone, playing with everyone. It wasn’t so long ago that they were either laughed at or greeted with sympathetic stares.”

There was no end to my worry about my two sons – both born with cleft lips. Other children would refuse to mix with them or play with them; rather, they would be teased endlessly. We felt completely helpless.

One day I heard that Rotaplast International, supported by Chevron, would be running a free surgical camp in Sylhet for people with cleft lip deformities. I took both my sons to Sylhet on the designated day. After a preliminary assessment, the surgeries were performed, and the cleft lips on my boys were repaired. Now, they’re perfectly healthy and are able to mix with everyone, play with everyone. Chevron’s support has given my sons a new lease on life.

With Chevron’s support, the U.S.-based Rotaplast International performed cleft lip and cleft palate corrective surgeries on 147 people. Hafiz and Mofiz were two of the lucky ones that directly benefitted from those surgeries.

Hafiz and Mofiz, Sunamganj, Sylhet
Project: Surgical camp for cleft lip and cleft palate patients
Implementing Partner: Rotaplast International