Ruel Foundation
Making a better life for our kids
Children Homes
Life Changing
Operation to children in need
* Phillippines
Crisis Center
Emergency medical treatment
* Malnourished Children
* Disaster Relief

Causes of Cleft Lip and Palate

As part of the Ruel Foundation's charitable organization framework, we work extremely hard to provide the necessary surgery and support required for children suffering from cleft lip and palate, among other conditions.

Cleft lip and palate are birth defects where there is an opening in the lip and/or palate (roof of the mouth), typically caused by incomplete development during early foetal formation process. Normally the tissues that form the lip and palate fuse together in the second and third months of pregnancy, however in babies with cleft lip and cleft palate, this fusion process never takes place or only occurs partially, leaving an opening (cleft).

What makes Ruel Foundation Different to other NZ Children's Charities?

New Zealand boasts a number of kids charity organisations that help raise funds and awareness for a multitude of causes. Trying to decide which one to support can be a difficult task for some people.

Depending on your past and what you are passionate about, you may choose to sponsor a child in New Zealand with disabilities or illness, or those suffering from poverty or abuse. Perhaps you might like to help raise funds for children in desperate need of medical aid. Whichever cause it may be, there are NZ kids charities welcoming your generosity.


The Philippines has an estimated population of ninety seven million people living on two thousand of the seven thousand islands that make up the nations land area. In spite of government efforts, 2013 statistics estimate that approximately 25% of the population live below the poverty level.

This puts a huge pressure on Government healthcare resources to cope with the healthcare needs of many especially children. The Ruel Foundation, in partnership with the Philippine government has established a four phased programme in the nation consisting of;


About Us

The Ruel Foundation is a not-for-profit Children's Charity committed to bringing significant and lasting change to children in need around the world.