May 28, 2021

Healthy Smiles Made Possible In Lebanon

Karim's healthy smile!
Karim's healthy smile!

We would like to share with you how your support made it possible for Global Smile Foundation (GSF) volunteers to provide life-changing cleft care during our April mission to Lebanon.

Together with GSF-MENA, our volunteers performed cleft surgeries for 26 patients, as well as 15 Speech Therapy sessions and 10 Nutritional Consultations. Karim, pictured above, is one of four patients who returned for cleft palate surgery after having had a cleft lip repair during our mission in November 2020.

Healthy smiles are essential for healthy lives. Your donation has a direct and immediate impact for underserved patients by providing free comprehensive cleft care so that they can live without the great burden of untreated cleft.

In Lebanon and the Levant region, we work with several NGOs to reach patients, especially those who have been displaced from their home countries due to ongoing violence. These organizations include UNICEF, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Thank you for helping to change the lives of so many underserved patients!

With great appreciation,

The GSF Team

Fatima doing well after her surgery!
Fatima doing well after her surgery!
Sajed is growing fast!
Sajed is growing fast!

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Feb 24, 2021

Making Healthy Smiles Possible

You gave Lia a healthy smile!
You gave Lia a healthy smile!

Your support in 2020 enabled the Global Smile Foundation (GSF) and Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador teams to provide much-needed cleft care for our patients and their families during a difficult time. Telehealth, feeding assistance, and speech therapy video sessions were all made possible through your donations, as well as a limited number of surgeries at our Cleft Care Center.

This month, Ecuador began the widespread distribution of vaccinations against COVID-19. We are watching the public health situation closely and plan to resume our in-person missions to Guayaquil in September 2021. GSF is the largest provider of comprehensive cleft care in Ecuador and we know that our patients need us. Due to the cancelation of missions during the global pandemic, we have more than 100 patients waiting for their first cleft lip surgery and still living with untreated cleft.

In March, we will be launching a new program on GlobalGiving to support our missions in 2021. I hope that you will visit our program page to see how you can continue to make healthy smiles possible for underserved patients.

Please visit the links below for more information and to see the patients whose lives are changed thanks to your generosity. If you have any questions, please contact me at lcrist@gsmile.org.

Best wishes,

Lisa Crist
Director of Development
Global Smile Foundation
www.gsmile.org

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Oct 26, 2020

Thank you for Supporting Healthy Smiles during the COVID-10 Pandemic!

Liam - before and after surgery
Liam - before and after surgery

Thanks to your support, Global Smile Foundation (GSF) has been able to provide much-needed care for our patients and their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our GSF & Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador team members have, to date, been able to:

  • Conduct patient care via Telehealth
  • Offer feeding assistance to parents of newborns with cleft and provide infant formula, specialized bottles, and other necessary supplies
  • Provide speech therapy via video and online tools to our existing patients

With recent improvements in the public health situation in Ecuador and adhering to our COVID-19 safety protocols, our Ecuadorian team members from Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador were able to provide cleft lip repair to Liam last week. You can see his transformation in his photos - just 48 hours after his surgery! By making comprehensive cleft care possible, your contribution is helping GSF patients to grow and thrive!

GSF is the largest provider of comprehensive cleft care in Ecuador and maintains relationships with hundreds of patients. We have seen that proper care reduces the risk of poor health, poor nutrition and bullying for children born with cleft. Our patients are able to attend school, integrate into their communities and have productive lives. Without the financial and social burdens of caring for a child isolated at home, their families are in stronger positions able to access communities and employment.

If you would like to sign-up for our monthly newsletter or have any questions, please contact me at lcrist@gsmile.org.

Best wishes,

Lisa Crist
Director of Development
Global Smile Foundation
www.gsmile.org

Liam's healthy smile 48 hours after surgery!
Liam's healthy smile 48 hours after surgery!
 
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