For 62 years Chantou hid her face.
Shunned by her community, Chantou spent the majority of her life alone and socially isolated.
Born into one of the poorest communities in northern Cambodia, she suffered from the cleft palate that left her face deformed. Unable to attend school, she lived most of her life as a farmer on her family’s land and never married.
Growing up in a resource-poor community, the lack of consistent healthcare her entire life meant there were no treatment options. There was never enough money. Her parents struggled. The pain they felt not being able to help their daughter was unbearable.
For six decades, Chantou waited for God to answer her prayers.