cleft lip

Wendy (Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras)

Wendy is four years old and lives in a remote village near Santa Rosa de Copan in the mountains of Honduras.

Silvia (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)

She came in for evaluation, head down, lacking confidence but filled with hope that maybe these people who came from America might be able to help her speak. Silvia was born with a cleft lip and palate. She was unable to have either birth defect corrected until she was in late childhood. It was not until she was 11 years of age that she found a visiting Interplast surgical team from the U.S. and could get these defects corrected. By that time the pattern of social rejection and debilitating speech was well established.

Manipal (Hyderabad, India)

Manipal and his father came to the EARTHSPEAK speech camp in India dressed in the simple dress of the rural people and carrying all they owned on their backs. They were both barefoot. In the father's pocket was a bag of lentils, their food for the week they would be staying. He didn't know that food, transportation, and training were all provided at no cost.

The father knelt to bless the feet of the EARTHSPEAK team as they walked into the room. He was a simple man from a remote village over 500 kilometers from Hyderabad. He brought his son to learn how to help him speak normally.

How EARTHSPEAK helps

EARTHSPEAK is engaged in building parent speech training programs that complete the job that cleft palate surgery begins.

How we connect with others

When we engage with other people in life, we have two primary ways of connecting: We look at each other "face to face" and we use our speech to convey our thoughts and share our being.

Practice time

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