Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January Charity: The Smile Train

I just made a $50 donation to The Smile Train, which will be enough to cover the medication for one cleft palette surgery. In case you've never heard of The Smile Train, here's a statement from their web site:

Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train mission is
focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled
with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.
The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
This is our mission:
-To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries.
-To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.
Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.

I admit that I first heard of this charity years ago and felt very moved by what they do. Trying to choose which devastating problem of the world to send your money to is intimidating. I like how they isolated one very fixable problem and really make a profound impact in these children's lives.

Here are pictures of a girl named Angelica from the Phillipines, before and after she received her surgery at two years old. Thanks to donations from people like me, she is able to eat normally and is starting to talk. And what a nice smile she has!

Although I was only able to give a small donation, I still feel like I am helping kids like Angelica out there get the care they need.

And just because you always have to be dilligent when picking a charity, I was pleased to discover that The Smile Train only spends 18% of their budget on fundraising, 1.3% on management and 80.7% on program services.

Click here to like them on Facebook and spread the word about The Smile Train!


ND Chic'c Cents said...

Give yourself a pat on the back for doing this. I know that's not why you do it but still. I've heard of this charity but have never donated. It looks like they are very reputable.
That little girl's smile is so pretty.

ldub said...

great idea with 12 charities/12 months! i give with every paycheck to one charity, but have also decided that this year is when i follow "punch debt in the face's" plan to say yes whenever a friend or family member asks for a donation for a charity event. finally, i made my first donation of the year for the queensland, aus. recovery. love the general inspiration/reminder.

Shtinkykat said...

What a wonderful goal you have and an equally wonderful charity.

BeautifulSoul said...

Smile Train is such wonderful cause! There is no doubt that the operations they provide are life changing for so many children worldwide. Cleft lips and palates will hopefully be fixed on every child one day, to date they average about 300 children per day... and only $250 for a surgery. Smile Train

Anonymous said...

Smile Train Update on Pinki. Have you seen the documentary that Smile Train did on Pinki? I think it's great that they checked back up on her too see how much her life has changed.

xl pharmacy said...

It is a noble cause, I love it, in this Xmas times, it is great to make donations to these types of organizations.

Cars4Charities said...

The Smile Train is changing lives of children who otherwise would have no quality of life.