Did you know that approximately one in every 700 children globally is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate? There is no known cause of this birth defect and babies born with clefts have twice the odds of dying before celebrating their first birthday. Children with cleft conditions who survive frequently have difficulty eating, speaking, hearing or breathing properly. In many parts of the world, children with cleft lips and cleft palates are hidden away, too embarrassed to attend school and face uncertain futures because their parents cannot afford to provide the surgery they need. Every child deserves the ability to smile and a chance to thrive. Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity, dedicated to raising awareness of this life-threatening issue and providing lasting solutions that allow children to be healed, regardless of financial standing. In as little as 45 minutes, and for only $240, an Operation Smile team can change a child’s smile – and life – forever.
We are a group of families and friends of children who were born with cleft lips and palates. We have joined together to raise awareness for cleft-related birth defects and to support Operation Smile’s mission to mobilize a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.