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Facing Africa on Savoo Search

We’re excited to announce Savoo Search, Save and Raise as our new fundraising partner, and we’d like to introduce you to this innovative way of donating. Simply use Savoo Search as your default search engine (the same way as you would your current search engine) and Savoo will donate 1p for every search. If you’re […]

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God save “America” – America Molla – 3-year old Ethiopian girl with “noma”

This is America (the child with a blue necklace) with her brother, baby sister and her mum (Genet). No member of the family has ever been further than a few miles fromtheir own village. Last Thursday (2nd March), Kidist and Titty, Facing Africa’s Ethiopian staff were visiting the main government hospital in Dessie, a town […]

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The new Face of Sufi

Sufi is 13. Just like all teenage girls, she smiles, enjoys talking to people, loves her hair being done and is becoming a young confident adult fast. She has dreams and wants to become a teacher one day. Born in the town of Ambo in Ethiopia a daughter of farmers and the oldest child in […]

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African Themed Evening in aid of Facing Africa Saturday 22nd October 2016

African Themed Evening in aid of Facing Africa Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 6.30pm Sue Criswick and Melanie Vojak are hosting an African Themed Evening in aid of Facing Africa. Twice a year, Facing Africa funds a surgical team to treat sufferers of a disease known as Noma which destroys bone and muscle in the […]

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Sufi’s Story

Remember this little girl ? Fourteen year old Sufi has lived with this tumour since she was five.  She spent 9 long years unable to eat, drink, breathe and speak properly. She still manages to smile and incredibly her eyes are full of joy – she is a truly inspirational character. When the tumour started, […]

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Assanti’s Story

How many of us used to imagine that there is a monster hiding under the bed when we were children? For a lot of Ethiopian children the monster is real and it is not hiding. It’s the hyena. These animals pick children as their victims because they are small, weak and vulnerable, and often careless. […]

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Facing Africa anaesthetists at WAMM

There are many ways to make a difference, sharing our knowledge and experiences is one of them. We are very proud of our anaesthetists representing Facing Africa’s work and sharing their experiences of difficult airway management in Ethiopia at the World Airway Management Meeting in Dublin last weekend. View one of the presentations here

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Nuns Story

Here is a reflection on his experiences in Mother Terresa Mission, home for the poor and dying, in Addis Ababa by one of our volunteer surgeons, Hiroshi Nishikawa, consultant craniafacial surgeon from Birmingham Childrens Hospital. Nuns Story Once or twice a year I travel to Ethiopia to operate on children and adults with severe facial […]

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Scott Butler fundraising for Facing Africa on a World First solo expedition to Mount Elbrus

This June Scott Buttler will be setting off on a World First solo expedition that will see him cycle 1800 miles through Europe to the Black Sea, row the 750 miles across the Black Sea and then climb Mount Elbrus in Russia – the highest peak in Europe. This is all for three fantastic charities […]

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First Facing Africa Seminar and Workshop

On the 10th may 2014, The first Facing Africa Noma Seminar and Workshop took place I’m the Royal Armouries Leeds. The day was organised by Kelvin Mizen and LeRoux Fourie. In attendance Founders: Chris and Terry Lawrence Conference Organisers: Kelvin Mizen and LeRoux Fourie Majj Aerts Amaia Arana David Ball Louise Colignylaan Michael Coupe Susan […]

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Zinash's dad, Ali, took his first flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela few days ago. He was embarking on a very special mission: he was travelling back home to show pictures of Zinash's new face to her mother, who lives in a remote rural village one can only reach by foot. Film crew who accompanied Ali and filmed his journey told us that he was incredibly fast and energetic for a 70 year old and climbed steep paths leading to his village for hours like a real pro! Facing Africa has given Ali a little present: we provided funds for his cataract surgery so he could go home not only bearing good news about Zinash but also able to finally see all these faces dear to him! Will keep you updated! ... See MoreSee Less

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The world is big, it is vast and complicated, it is cruel and unpredictable, and sometimes, very rarely, we witness impossible things happen and we call them miracles. But, really, miracles don't just happen. You make them happen. They are not wishes or dreams or candles on a cake. They are not impossible. Our volunteer medical team proves it year after year, mission after mission. The two young girls Hulu and Zinash (picture below) were both destined to die - without our intervention their tumors were going to kill them within next six months. The care of youngsters with malignant solid tumors in Ethiopia and the whole of sub-Saharan Africa is compromised by resource deficiencies that range from inadequate healthcare and lack of appropriately trained medics, to scarce laboratory facilities and inconsistent drug supplies. In simple words, there is no hope for those who are touched by this horrific condition. It is heartbreaking. It is not fair that one has to suffer and die just because he or she was born in a country where government does not feel obliged to protect the health, safety, morals and general well being of its people. For all of us here at Facing Africa, miracle of Hulu and Zinash is nothing more but delayed justice brought to compensate those it has cruelly abandoned. ... See MoreSee Less

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Being a woman is tough in Ethiopia, especially in its rural areas, where giving birth of to a boy is celebrated and having a baby girl is seen as something unwanted. Girls who are lucky enough to attend school are at wider risk of being raped, abducted and married off against their will. If a girl manages to withstand all these challenges and graduates from college, she is very likely to be abused and mistreated at her place of employment. Around half of all our patients are women from remote Ethiopian villages and our medical teams are often the first people to treat them with love, care and respect. All of these women are strong, intelligent, creative and incredibly sensitive personalities who were never really given an opportunity to thrive. Almost all of them are housewives leading physically difficult lives in their households, but what we see in them when they arrive and open up to us during their stay at Facing Africa House in Cheshire, are potential doctors, nurses, architects, engineers, artists, politicians and lawyers trapped in their abusive culture and tradition - women who were never given a chance to dream. We not only treat their faces, we celebrate every single one of them, hoping that one day they will all be empowered through cultural change and education. ... See MoreSee Less

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