The Cyprus Association of Individuals with Clefts and Craniofacial Anomalies Chrysallida was founded in 2002 to protect the interests of children who are born with Clefts and other Craniofacial Anomalies and most importantly to actively support the parents both psychologically and financially, throughout the treatment process. The parents of these children, from the first intense shock after the announcement by the gynecologist and after the first contact with the problem with the birth of their child, they have to confront many surgeries and other treatments. They need information and specific guidance related to the experts that they should visit and the timetable to be followed. They need counselling in relating to the preparation of the child for the treatment procedures and ethical, psychological and financial support at all stages.
The targets of Chrysallida are:
The factual support and assistance with the help of other parents and volunteers both for individuals with clefts and other Craniofacial anomalies and their parents or guardians.
The continuous education of parents and guardians of these children in matters relating to the treatment and the solution of problems and peculiarities which both the children and their families are experiencing.
The claim by the State and the relevant bodies of all rights and the emergence of claims of individuals with Clefts and other Craniofacial anomalies.
The continuous improvement and upgrading of services to individuals with Clefts and other Craniofacial anomalies.
The awareness and sensitize of the public for the multiple problems that individuals with clefts and other Craniofacial anomalies are facing and the need for the acceptance of their diversity, as well as for the new scientific methods that are applied for their treatment and can improve the results.
For Chrysallida the “smile of hope” doesn’t stay only as a wish or a dream, but is applied in practice. The Association organizes charitable actions aiming at collecting money so as beyond the psychological support and sympathy, to be able to financially support these families. It should be noted that a child born with cleft will need around three to four surgeries until its full restoration.