Welcome to CLAPAS
Bringing Joy, Changing Lives
The Cleft Lip And Palate Association of Sabah (CLAPAS) is a non-profit, non-governmental charity organization of parents with cleft lip and / or cleft palate children, professionals and members from the public dedicated to help support cleft children born in Sabah.
Our ambition is to reach every cleft child and family in Sabah who needs our support and provide professional excellence in the management of their cleft condition. This includes timely assessment at birth by professionals involved in the management of clefts and provide a comprehensive treatment program for corrective surgery, hearing, dentition, speech and cleft education to families.
CLAPAS is committed to bring joy into the lives of cleft children and their families resulting in changed lives and to ensure that every CLAP (Cleft Lip And Palate) child born in Sabah receives timely medical care and attention they rightly deserve.
CLAP for Joy is the awareness campaign initiative of CLAPAS. Through CLAP for Joy, the association aims to:
i) raise public awareness and provide free medical education of the cleft condition through various charity events, talks, free professional consultation and activities,
ii) provide opportunities for the public to become members and get involved in CLAPAS activities,
iii) build fundraising relationships to help raise funds for the association to implement its main objectives of providing excellence in professional surgical care to cleft children and their families.
Join us today as ‘Partners in Joy’ to bring joy back into the lives of Cleft Lip and Palate (CLAP) children, families and loved ones so their dreams become a reality and their lives may be changed through our own changed hearts.
Please do contact us if you need further information. Give us a call, send us an email or visit us on Facebook and leave a message. We would love to hear from you. We welcome volunteers, donations and support for all our activities through project CLAP for Joy.
Join us and become a CLAPAS member today. Call us and become a Volunteer today.
Donate towards CLAPAS because if you don’t, there is no assurance someone else will.
Meet Priscilla Chang
– Final Year Medical Student
My name is Priscilla Chang, I am 24 years old. I was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. I have been through 3 surgeries for cleft lip and palate repair at the age of 3 months old (1994), 8 months old (1995), and 11 years old plus 2 sets of braces, at the age of 9-12 years old & 20-23 years old.
Growing up as a young girl, I never knew I looked different than other people. But as I grew older, I started to notice in the mirror that something was not quite symmetrical: my lips, my cupid’s bow, my nose. My ‘suspicions’ were further confirmed when people would tease me of my appearances. Many times, random strangers would come up to me pointing at my lips and asked: “Oh my, what happened to you? Did you fall? Did your mum have a difficult pregnancy?”