Ramjan Ali Mola was disfigured by his cleft lip for 24 years. He got teased a lot as a child. And even as an adult, he has to endure mockery every day. He lives in seclusion with his wife in Howrah, West Bengal. Two days after Ramjan’s 24th birthday, Tasmina, the third child of the young couple, is born – with a cleft lip! Like Ramjan’s parents, the couple take their daughter’s malformation as a cruel, unchangeable fate.
It is fortunate that a short time later a project employee from our treatment center in Kolkata happens to meet the family during an awareness campaign. He explains to them that Ramjan and Tasmina’s lips can be treated. And that the operations for the family of five, whom Ramjam supports with his wages as a carpet-maker, are even free of charge. Both father and daughter are operated on by Dr Siddhartha Chatterjee. Ramjan is hardly recognizable, and soon there will be only a small scar visible on Tasmina. With 500 euros, the price for the two operations, we, thanks to our donors, were able to change the lives of two people and give an entire family a new outlook in life!