Free Cleft Surgery for 400 Poor Children in Brazil

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Smile Train is dedicated to helping the hundreds of thousands of children in Brazil who suffer from unrepaired cleft lips & palates by providing free surgery. They will get a new smile, new hope.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Each year about 4,500 Brazilian babies are born with cleft lips and palates. Approximately 180,000 of these children need medical care to lead productive lives. Because of their birth defect, they are often abandoned at birth. The greatest technology is that cleft surgery is a simple procedure that takes as little as 45 minutes and can cost as little as $250. This surgery gives hope and a new beginning to children who otherwise would lead lives of isolation and shame.

How will this project solve this problem?

Each child who undergoes cleft surgery is given a second chance at life. The surgery takes 45 minutes, but the impact lasts a lifetime. After years of living in shame and isolation, these children can finally go to school, find a job, and be happy.

Potential Long Term Impact

Children’s lives are changed forever. Dignity is restored to the family and the medical community benefits. Newly trained Smile Train doctors share their surgical skills with new doctors ensuring that cleft care will be available for years to come.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

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Project Leader

Adina Wexelberg-Clouser

Donor Relations Associate
New York, NY United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Free Cleft Surgery for 400 Poor Children in Brazil