BENEFITING: Operation Smile
ORGANIZER: Operation Smile
Terese De Foy wrote -
CHARITY WEBSITE: http://www.operationsmile.org
WHAT WE DO:
Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe
Healing children's smiles. Making the world a better place.
At Operation Smile, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on children's faces. We're more than a charity. More than a nonprofit. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate and other facial deformities.
More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.
That's where we come in. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided free surgeries for over 160,000 children around the world. With a presence in over 60 countries, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bringing hope for a better future.
Ps. Girl in the picture is Fatima before and after. http://www.operationsmile.org/living_proof/patient-stories/fatima.html