On average, 35,000 to 40,000 cleft children are born each year in India. According to local cleft and craniofacial surgeons, that is not how many children are operated on annually. Santhosh Mathews, co-founder of Love Without Reason, roamed the streets of Bengaluru in the early years of his life. Over three decades, he only remembers meeting one child born with a cleft and having developmental delays. Where are the children? The work of Love Without Reason and the emphasis and value on these children's lives is essential now, more than ever.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in 2018, around the globe, five were adult women
for every ten trafficking victims, and two were minor girls. One-third of all victims are boys
and girls, and 20 percent are adult men. According to the report, the most common form of human
trafficking is sexual exploitation - an unprecedented 79 percent of trafficking cases.
In Mumbai, India, Love Without Reason began the initiative called Project Butterfly. Women in the red-light areas are empowered with education and business skills that will break a cycle of slavery in the generations. This initiative is reproducible, and the model will be expanded on a global scale.