Ruel Foundation
Making a better life for our kids
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Ruel House
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Philippines
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Life Changing
medical aid to children in need
* Phillippines
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* Vanuatu
* Fiji
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Crisis Center
Emergency medical treatment
* Malnourished Children
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* Disaster Relief

Kindness can transform someone's dark moment with a blaze of light. You'll never know how much your caring matters. - Amy Leigh Mercree

Our Mission is to love heal cure children in desperate need.

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Our Story


In 1999, New Zealander, David Cowie, visited Eastern Samar in the Philippines and during a visit to a local hospital he came across a boy named Ruel. Ruel’s small, emaciated body lay on a simple steel bed in this under-staffed and under-resourced facility. His face was scarred by a double cleft lip and palate, causing serious difficulty in swallowing. With his tiny body wracked with viruses and infections, Ruel was near death.

With the help of locals, Ruel received the food supplements needed to sustain his life, whilst David raised the necessary funds for Ruel’s surgery. Ruel represents hundreds of thousands of forgotten and unwanted children suffering in isolated villages and towns in developing nations.

Ruel’s story was the founding of the Ruel Foundation and today the Ruel Foundation has helped thousands of children and their families in the Philippines, Vanuatu and the Fiji islands.

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Elsie’s Choice

My name is Elsie, I am 41 years old, married with one child. I have lived with a cleft lip for my entire life. I have no education, no job, my marriage is failing, I am taunted and ridiculed for the way I look. I get angry at people and hit them when I can’t take it anymore. I feel ashamed and worthless, a broken woman. What am I to do?

One day I heard about a woman who was looking for sufferers of cleft lip and palate to come forward to be considered for surgery. I was hopeful. What did I have to lose! Could it be that I might be considered? I arrived at the appointed place, my heart sank, they were all children! I felt my hope disappear. I was old, no one would look at me!

This very same woman approached me, would she tell me to leave? No, she said, “Why have you come to our Outreach?” I told her my story, my parents wouldn’t let me have an operation as a child as they were afraid I would die. And now my husband will leave me because I am so ugly, I sobbed!

She said, “Elsie, it is our pleasure to help you.”

Oh the joy I felt at hearing those words, my life will never be the same. Now when I walk down the street, I hold my head up high. I look at people in the eye. My husband now wants to be with me, our marriage is good. I want to look for a job. I thank God for all those that helped me to have an operation.

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