Honoré was born in Madagascar with a cleft lip and cleft palate to caring parents who wanted nothing but the best for him. “Children were afraid of him,” his mother, Eclaire, recalls emotionally. “He would play alone because others thought his cleft lip could be contagious.”
Eclaire first brought Honoré to an Operation Smile surgical program in 2019. Unfortunately, Honoré was underweight and malnourished. A staggering 55% of children under five in Madagascar experience stunted growth. This sadly meant Honoré was too weak to undergo surgery. Instead, partners like you ensured he could be enrolled in Operation Smile’s Nutrition Program in Madagascar.
The Nutrition Program delivers vital supplies, including food packages of rice, beans, milk, and oil, to those hit hardest by the pandemic in Madagascar. Eclaire and her husband were among them as they both lost their jobs. Eclaire had turned to selling bananas and bread in the community to try and make ends meet. Operation Smile’s Nutrition Program provided Honoré and his parents with the lifeline they needed.