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The Maaya Foundation

Maaya Foundation is a charitable organization registered as a trust in 2006 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. The foundation has a tax waiver for all donations made under Section 80G of the IT Act and has been granted a prior permission FCRA approval. Maaya is aimed at treating the less fortunate children born with facial deformities like cleft lip and palate. Over the years, Maaya has grown into an indigenous body, which runs eleven state‐of‐the‐ art cleft centers across the country. Each of these centers is equipped with a highly trained team to provide surgical treatment and follow up therapy all round the year.

Apart from having improved the lives of more than 7,500 children by giving them a normal face, the foundation boasts of having trained over 40 surgeons free of cost both from India and abroad. A strong pan India presence and network of partners across the world in Germany, Switzerland, Peru, Vietnam, Bangladesh and so on has been useful in the exchange of knowledge and surgical knowhow.

In addition to free surgery, Maaya also provides free stay, food and transportation to all needy patients who otherwise would never have been able to smile. That’s not all, efforts are taken to offer orthodontic care and speech therapy to reintegrate these children into mainstream society. In a country where around 40,000 children are born with this horrible deformity which impairs their self esteem and social activity, Maaya has done its bit by changing the lives of 2,000 children each year and is committed to encourage and spread awareness of treatment available for facial deformity and to get rid of the stigma that is attached to it.

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