Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India

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Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India
Mission Smile Fundraiser for 75 Children - India

We are pleased to inform you that we have successfully completed 500+ surgeries in this financial year 2022-23 and are hoping to complete 3000+ surgeries in the year. 

We are grateful for all the support and contribution made to our project, each dollar contributed has changed a life forever. We are providing free comprehensive cleft care with world class medical safety and protocols. 

Covid19 have changed a lot of things and our cleft kids also faced many changelleges, with surgeries coming to halt. A huge backlog of cases have piled up in the last couple of years. 

We seek your support, help and donation to provide these life changing surgeries!

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Dear Smile Givers!
You support have made us change so many lives. We are greatful for your support! Also, request to kindly donate and keep supporting our kids!
This is to give you a brief update about the Surgical Statistics of Mission Smile for the FY 2021-2022;
GC4: 765 (including three Missions in Guwahati, Agartala & Shillong)
Vadodara Centre: 117
AIIMS Rishikesh Centre: 58
Bhopal Centre: 50
Kolkata Centre: 24
Puducherry: 10
Missions: 291 (Kolkata: 50, Vizianagaram-Muthoot: 52, Vizianagaram-Colgate: 29, Sikkim: 30, Vadodara: 53, Tamilnadu: 32, Puducherry: 45)
After the break of initial 6 months (April-September) due to Covid restrictions and from there to accomplish 1315 safe surgeries is an achievement for us:)

It is because of the support of donors like you, every year, we can provide around 3,000 Free comprehensive Surgeries to children and adults suffering from this painful yet correctable deformity.  Cleft is a congenital deformity that affects 1 in 700 infants in India. These children are born with a gap in their lips and palates apart from looking different face problems in breastfeeding, eating, speaking, drinking etc. as a normal kid. All of these challenges can be resolved by surgery and comprehensive care. In India there are an estimated 1 million Cleft children and adults.


We thank you for choosing to support the cause of Cleft. We would like to add your mail id to our newsletters so that we can keep you informed about our activities and developments. If you like our work, please share about us with others in your network.



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Before Surgery
Before Surgery

The show of responsibility of a brother, who is also of tender age, to correct his sibling’s cleft moved our entire team.

Sarvanan (Name Changed) is a ten-year-old boy of a needy family who lives in a village remote area of India. 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.

As usual with the cleft child, Sarvanan grew up in the community feeling aloof and ostracised. He could not mingle and play with his classmates or his community’s children. He was called “mooly” or “the cursed one” in Tamil. This made the sensitive boy recoil from society and suffer from depression.

Mission Smile came to know about Sarvanan and approached the family to rectify Sarvanan’s cleft lips twice before. However, the aggressive father, who believed the cleft to be a blessing for the family, drove the volunteers away. So, Sarvanan’s ordeal seemed to be a never-ending one, and he remained in his gloom.

But this time, Sarvanan got lucky. Karthik is now nineteen years old and is an earning member of the family. He works in a bakery and takes care of his mother and three siblings. The Mission Smile volunteers met Karthik (Name Changed) and convinced him to get a free cleft surgery for Sarvanan. Karthik understood the surgery’s importance and knew that only the cleft rectification could bring his brother’s fresh hopes. He agreed to bring Sarvanan to the Mission Smile hospital at Puducherry to correct the cleft lips.

Sarvanan’s lip is now corrected after surgery, and a beautiful smile lingers on his face. None can call him cursed now. His brother and Mission Smile team have saved him from his ordeal.

Mission Smile has changed the life of Sarvanan, and we wish him all success in life. However, thousands of Sarvanan in the country are awaiting such a chance. They also do not have the provision to get their cleft rectified. We can reach them and do the best only with your continued support and donations. Donate to gift a smile to the deserving.

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"For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness"
"For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness"

Wait, it sounds great. Imagine a baby ten months old with a smile that can wrap around the sun and a scream that can break the heart of even the most wicked person on earth. But, just as the moon has scars, so does this epitome of innocence. The infant was born with a cleft lip, and it breaks our heart to see a child who is nothing less than a divine ostracized for something he doesn’t even comprehend. This is the narrative of Zeeshan (name changed), who was born in the small and remote village of Assam.  Zeeshan was born with a cleft; parents had never seen one. They were relieved that Zeeshan’s sisters treated him like any other child. However, his parents were concerned that they would never be able to afford the treatment he needed. This would have serious consequences for his future, so we began making inquiries immediately to see what options exist for families in their situation.

The baby struggled to eat because breastmilk would leak into his throat and nose through a hole in the roof of his mouth, causing him to choke. Zeeshan was constantly wailing from hunger and was on the verge of dying. His health was in serious danger. They were extremely worried about his future. When their neighbours unfairly blamed them and gossip about it, they don’t like to look at his face, it just added to the tension, and they think it is because of some miss deed by them. The family was fortunate to live with loving and supportive relatives. Thankfully, they were able to get help at a local childcare centre. The doctor recommended Mission Smile.

They couldn’t believe that at Mission Smile, all of their son’s cleft treatment would be free. The baby’s parents have all hopes in the surgery, and hope has the gift of miracles within itself.  After the
doctor scheduled surgery and provided them with all the information they needed to know about it. They can’t imagine the relief they felt when they took Zeeshan out, and his cleft was healed.  Mission Smile will do everything we can to do for the baby’s cleft surgery because we believe in doing what we can, where we are, with what we have. Our team encourages you to do a random act of kindness for children so that when they grow up, they can live a blessed and compassionate life as well.


Here’s the link to our project page: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/make-a-smile-gift/ to make a recurring investment in the futures of these kids.

Our goal is to raise 50 recurring donations in next 30 days and each one counts..............

Thank you for being there for Zeeshan throughout.

Priyankit Panwar | Manager - Partnerships
M: +91-9953981906 | E: priyankit.panwar@missionsmile.org
Website: www.missionsmile.org


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Dear Donor,


Greetings from Mission smile!


This is to thank you for all your support!


Also, we would like to inform you that with all the support we were able to change 850+ lives in covid19 hit year FY 20-21. Covid hit us and made our operations come to halt. But with supporters like you, we were more back towards normal when India was hit by the 2nd wave. 

In these testing times, cleft kids are one of the most at-risk groups, malnourishment due to the deformity clubbed with loss of wages, loved ones and much more have impacted them. We request you to kindly keep supporting us to change and provide free surgeries to these kids. We have also adopted a nutrition program where we provide meals to such kids. 


We request you to kindly help us change lives and continue your support. We have pledged to provide 3000+ surgeries this year!



Mission Smile


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Mission Smile

Location: Kolkata, Bidhannagar - India
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @OpSmileIndia
Project Leader:
Priyankit Panwar
New Delhi, Delhi India
$50,385 raised of $60,000 goal
79 donations
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