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Ten-year-old Irvan loved to play volleyball but was afraid to compete outside his village. Learn how you helped give this young man the confidence he needed. Read Transcript


Reporter: HERE IN A

SMALL VILLAGE IN INDONESIA,

A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY HAS

LEARNED TO LOOK PAST HIS

DISFIGURING CLEFT LIP.

AND HE ENJOYS PLAYING

VOLLEYBALL.

BUT THE THOUGHT OF LEAVING

HIS VILLAGE TO COMPETE IN

HIS FAVORITE SPORT STILL

TERRIFIES HIM.

I DIDN'T GO TO VOLLEYBALL

TOURNAMENTS BECAUSE I WAS

AFRAID OF WHAT THE OTHER

KIDS WOULD SAY.

Reporter:

IRWIN'S

FATHER COMES TO ALL OF HIS

SON'S GAMES.

HIS HEART BREAKS WHEN HE

THINKS ABOUT HIS SON'S

SITUATION.

THERE ARE PHYSICAL

CHALLENGES THAT COMES WITH

HAVING A CLEFT LIP AND

PALLET.

IT IS HARD FOR US TO

UNDERSTAND IRWIN WHEN HE

SPEAKS.

SO HE HAS TO WRITE DOWN

EVERYTHING HE WANTS TO SAY.

I WANTED MY LIP TO BE

FIXED.

Reporter: IRWIN'S DAD

WORKS AS A CLERK AND DOESN'T

HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR

SURGERY FOR HIS SON.

WHEN THE FAMILY LEARNED THAT

CBN WOULD HELP, THEY WERE

THRILLED.

IT WAS WONDERFUL NEWS.

THE DAY SOMEONE CAME FROM

CBN AND TOLD ME THEY WOULD

PROVIDE SURGERY FOR IRWIN.

Reporter: ABDEL AND HIS

WIFE TOOK THE BOY TO THE

HOSPITAL WHERE THEY REPAIRED

HIS CLEFT LIP AND PALLET.

TODAY HE

IS BACK PLAYING

VOLLEYBALL, AND HE HAS

SIGNED UP TO COMPETE IN A

TOURNAMENT OUTSIDE OF HIS

VILLAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME

EVER.

IRWIN IS MUCH MORE

CONFIDENT NOW.

HE IS LIKE A NEW BOY.

MY LIP IS FIXED BY YOU.

THANK YOU, CBN.

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