This charity is very close to my heart as I was born with cleft lip and palette myself.
”Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity, working with a team of dedicated medical volunteers who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. We measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help around the world.
As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world – known by many as ‘the smile charity’ – and with a presence in over 60 countries, Operation Smile is able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.
More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition every year — often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. Too often, these children are rejected by the people around them, afraid to go to school and ostracised by their communities. In many cases, parents simply can’t afford to give their children the surgery they desperately need.
In the UK, thanks to the NHS, a baby’s cleft lip or palate will be repaired in the first year of its life. However in some developing countries cleft lip and cleft palate surgery is either too expensive or may not even be available. That’s where Operation Smile comes in, providing much-needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile – with the help of over 5,000 dedicated medical volunteers – has provided over 200,000 free surgical procedures to children and young adults around the world, giving each one a new start in life.
Operation Smile goes to great lengths to ensure that every patient we treat receives the highest standard of care every time, providing access to free dental care, speech therapy and counselling where needed.
We believe that all children deserve to live their lives with dignity and for those born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformity, dignity begins with a smile.”
If this information formed a lump in your throat then please donate to this charity as it makes a world of difference to these peoples lives, including my own.