In 9 years, Smile Train has helped more than 129,000 children in India, giving them a new smile and a second chance at life. Completing 10,000 more surgeries this year than last year, Smile Train partners with 184 local hospitals. The goal for 2009 is to help 50,000 poor children in India and create 160 new partner hospitals.
The Smile Train is dedicated to helping the millions of poor children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate through free surgery and free training for doctors. The free surgery and related treatment that The Smile Train sponsors are performed by local medical teams in local hospitals in developing countries. This “teach a man to fish” strategy builds in-country capacity while helping very poor but very proud communities become self-sufficient, one smile at a time.
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