Jane is 11-years-old and has 5 brothers and 1 sister. Like many children in the Philippines, she was born with a cleft lip (complete bilateral). Jane's family is very poor and cannot afford the surgery. For the past few years, Abounding in Love has been trying to arrange for her to get an operation for free. Unfortunately, she has been unable to qualify due to poor health and malnutrition. We tried to schedule her again in 2020, but the mission was canceled due to COVID-19.
Despite these setbacks, Jane has remained optimistic about the future. She has a great sense of confidence in herself and is active and friendly at school. Although she hopes to have her cleft lip repaired one day, she doesn’t allow her condition to be a hindrance to her life. This is a rarity amongst children with cleft lip/palate, most of whom are very shy and reserved. Jane is a beautiful example of the power of the human spirit. She deserves her day in the sun…and we intend to give it to her.
Our new mission is not only to help Jane receive a long-overdue cleft lip surgery, but to also provide other things that her family desperately needs. In short, we want to give them hope by enriching their lives in every possible way.
Ways We Can Help
Jane’s father is a garbage collector with a weekly income of 1100 pesos ($22.75). This is hardly sufficient for providing for a family of 9. Their meals are often nothing more than rice porridge, which is all they can afford. This is likely why Jane’s poor health disqualified her from previous operations. 25% of the funds raised will be invested in food and vitamins for the entire family. That will provide them with the nutrients they need to stay healthy and, most importantly, will ensure that Jane will be ready for the next medical mission (possibly Fall 2021).
Their small wooden house also requires several improvements. The walls need to be repaired, the sleeping area is in poor condition, and they don't even have a proper kitchen. Their outdoor toilet (which is shared by 15 different people!) is also in very bad shape. We plan to repair the old one and also install a second toilet to make their situation a little easier. The house is also lacking a water supply; as of now, the family has to fetch water from their neighbor's well. Lastly, they’ve had difficulty paying the electric bill, so we’d like to relieve them of that burden for a full year.
The second image in the gallery shows the complete details for the fundraiser, which should paint the full picture of what we’re trying to accomplish. As with all of our fundraisers, 100% of the money received will go directly to this cause. If you donate $50, Jane and her family get $50; it’s as simple as that. We never recoup any administrative fees.
As we all know too well, this world is littered with problems. The scope of it can be overwhelming, often convincing us that we’re incapable of making a real difference. I’m forced to remind myself daily that this simply isn’t true. We CAN make a difference…we can do it one life at a time. Today we have the opportunity to bless Jane and her family in a way in a way they will never forget. The notion that “every little bit helps” is an understatement here. When combined, our small sacrifices have the power to produce an absolute miracle for a family in need. This is life-changing stuff, no doubt about it. Please join us on our mission!
[UPDATE] We had to increase the original goal by $400 due to new expenses that were not included in our original estimate. This includes materials delivery as well as a new roofing project (we recently noticed that their entire roof needs to be replaced). Visit our website for more info and pics of our progress.