100 Smiles in 100 Days

by Mission Smile
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100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days
100 Smiles in 100 Days

Dear Donors.

 

Greetings!

 

We would like to thank each one of you to help us change the lives of 100 cleft kids. 

 

Sarvanan is a ten-year-old boy of a needy family who lives in a village in the kalakuruchi district of Tamil Nadu. He is the fourth of the seven children of his family. He studies in class four. The boy is courageous and studious. He got admitted to the school all by himself. Three of his other siblings have died due to malnourishment and unknown reasons.

Eventually, Sarvanan had cleft lips since his birth. Sarvanan’s parents never even thought of rectifying the cleft when he was a little boy because his superstitious father considered the cleft to be a cause of blessing for the family. Also, with a meagre income of a wage labourer in the crop fields, the parents couldn’t avail the rectification for Sarvanan’s cleft lip. They could not bear the cost of the rectification. Added to the abject poverty, Sarvanan’s parents have their difficulties too. The mother has a hearing problem and can not attend to the children properly. Also, the father drinks too much alcohol and is little concerned about his children’s progress. Read More at https://missionsmile.org/a-responsible-brother/

 

Past year hit us covid and we were able to provide 800+ surgeries. We are gaining momentum and with help from you we can surely achieve our targets of 3500+ surgeries this current year. 

 

We that you again for supporting us. 

 

Thanks

Priyankit

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Covid 19 has been challenging for all of us! We hope to overcome this soon with support from everyone!

This pandemic has affected cleft children as they are more susceptible to viruses, malnourished, and at higher risk than the average children. 

We are currently in testing waters and the world is coming together to help each other to overcome this pandemic. Cleft children need your help more than ever! We are continuing through our work changing the lives of these children, We request you to help us reach more and more children!

 

We are continuing our project and aiming to provide 100 more surgeries in the coming months! Please generously support us1

 

Help us reach out to maximum people!

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Sharing story of one such child who was gifted with a new smile. 

Pathan is the 2nd child of Salman and Aisha daily laborers in a small village in India. With your support, we were able to operate Pathan and repair his cleft lip as early as 7months from birth.  Parents believe treating him early will surely help their child to be as normal as other children and he will be saved all trauma and harassment faced by a cleft child in Schools and society here. They said they want their kid to study and become an officer. On asked Officer were, His father replied with a smile that Only officer is good for them. Laughs!

 

We again thank you for supporting us. 

 

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Eman’s birth brought immense joy to his parents but when they saw his face they felt their hearts drop. His beautiful face had been marred by a cleft lip. The new parents were worried how their family would react.

Eman’s extended family, however, were surprisingly welcoming. His grandmother consoled his parents saying that God does not make any one perfect; He always sends us with some flaws so that we remain humble. Eman’s parents were relieved upon hearing this. The community at large also welcomed the child, and many of them even offered home-remedy tips to his mother to fix his lips. She tried several of them, before she realised that nothing was going to fix her child’s face unless God Himself wished it. Even though everyone welcomed the child, she feared for his acceptance once he grew up and started attending school and prayed daily for a miracle.

Her prayers were answered   when she found out about the free surgery and cleft care offered by Mission Smile. She travelled more than 100kms to bring her child to us. Upon arrival Eman was examined and selected for surgery. Post surgery, his mother was very happy with her baby’s transformation and she thanked God for sending Mission Smile to work this miracle in their life.

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Rahul high-fives his father before his surgery
Rahul high-fives his father before his surgery

Rahul is a sprightly and naughty 11-year-old boy like any boy his age. He is pampered by everyone at home, especially his sisters and his father. Even though he is very naughty his father never scolds him. But, his world is confined within the four walls of his house because of his cleft lip and palate. When he steps out of his house he is ridiculed and mocked.

School is a challenge for him. He is often not allowed to answer in class because his cleft palate renders his speech nasal and incomprehensible. In the playground his classmates bully him and call him a failure because he’s 11 and in class II. But, Rahul does not give up trying to make friends even though he often returns home with bruises and tears. He asks his father why he is so different. His father’s eyes would well up with tears and he prayed for a miracle that would change his child’s life.

Rahul’s father, Kiran, is a daily-wage labourer who makes less than $60 USD a month. He wants his children to achieve everything that he could not. He sends all his children to school so that they can have better opportunities. He was worried that Rahul would not be able to adjust in school with his condition so he deferred sending him to school until he was older.

He did not know that Rahul’s condition can be corrected through surgery; even if he knew, affording it was beyond his wildest dreams. It seemed like divine intervention to Kiran when the local Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK) informed him about Mission Smile’s free cleft surgery mission.

Kiran immediately brought his son to our camp. Rahul was screened and found fit for surgery. Before going into surgery the scared but also excited Rahul quipped, “Next week when I go back to school no one will recognize me. I can’t wait to see my face after this…I will look so handsome!”

When Rahul came out of the OT, his father was overjoyed seeing his face. Gone was the gash between his lips that made his son different from the other kids. He was happy that his little darling could now eat properly and become a strong and healthy boy. He also believes that things will change for his precious son after the surgery. This miracle would not have happened without your generosity and support, and Rahul and his father thanks everyone who came forward to change his life.

Rahul after his surgery
Rahul after his surgery
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Location: Kolkata, Bidhannagar - India
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