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Fund smiles for deprived cleft kids

Focus: Health , Children and Youth

8% Funded
LEFT untreated, cleft lip or palate impairs speech and hearing, makes eating difficult and results in facial deformities causing low self-esteem. Fund free complete cleft care for children in the Northeast.

One in 700 infants in India suffer from this congenital defect. Yet, a lack of awareness and services, coupled with poverty, mean many born in disadvantaged families are left to cope with the condition.

There are about 46,000 untreated cleft children in the Northeastern states, with most of them in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura. Every ₹15,000 raised will go towards funding cleft treatment for a child without access.

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Every ₹15,000 will cover cleft treatment for one child.

This fundraiser has been extended so Mission Smile have some more time to get closer to their target.

Mission Smile has raised enough to fund one child's cleft treatment.

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Cleft treatment not only includes corrective surgery, but also medical evaluations, nutritional counselling, speech therapy, dentistry, travel and accommodation, post-op care and more. For the poorest patients that will be recruited by Mission Smile, receiving comprehensive treatment at zero-cost matters because it will address several aspects of the patients' lives that have been affected by the condition - physical, medical, emotional.

Cleft treatment goes beyond just surgery, and ensures a child is taken care of in every way.

Mission Smile have been working in the Northeast since 2002, and have operated on more than 17,500 children. However, there is still a massive backlog of over 46,000 youngsters in need of surgery. Assam has the highest number of untreated children (28,255), while Tripura has 4,833 and Meghalaya has 3,232.

Inspirational to visit this hospital. Superb maintenance. There is clearly a soul of goodness present here.

R.K. Krishna Kumar, Ex-Director, Tata Sons Limited

It has been a privilege to see how wonderful you treat the children and their parents during a big challenge in their lives. Keep up the good work

Annelie Latson, Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, Sweden

Mission Smile have collaborated with the governments of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura to provide free cleft treatment. Each treatment costs ₹32,000 of which the governments will provide ₹17,000. Patients will first be recruited and transported to the centre in Assam where they will be provided food and accommodation. Patients will then undergo surgery and necessary treatment. All patients will also receive post-operative follow-up care.

Mission Smile are aiming to make the Northeast cleft-free.
Big smiles from Hasina
by Mission Smile
12 Feb. 2019

Eight-year-old Hasina from Meghalaya was born with a cleft lip and palate. While her twin sister has been leading a normal and healthy life, Hasina's development has been restricted by not being able to eat properly. Her cleft lip and palate also made her feel self-conscious and shy. Her mother Fatima feared that Hasina would not be able to lead a normal life. That is, until one of our volunteers on the field met Hasina and identified her need for surgery. Hasina soon received surgery, and a few weeks later recovered with a beautiful smile!