Mission Smile Is Now A Global Giving Vetted Charity!

Mission Smile has been accredited by Global Giving for successfully completing the September 2017 Accelerator Challenge. The prestigious Global Giving accreditation has added yet another feather in our cap and has brought us even more global recognition and exposure. Thank you Global Giving for bestowing the trust in us! Global Giving is a community that helps non-profits around the world access the training, tools, funding and support required to become more effective. It has vetted more than 10,000 organizations and possess the expertise and systems to customize vetting and moderation needed to support a workplace, cause marketing or grant making[…]

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Kolkata Mission Gifts 55 Smiles in 4 Days – A Report

Our mission in Kolkata  (26-30 August, 2017) at the newly inaugurated Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (KC4) in partnership with Muthoot Pappachan Foundation, has turned out to be a grand success. The Kolkata mission was inaugurated by Mr. Javed Khan – the Hon’ble Minister for Disaster Management, Govt. of West Bengal, in the presence of Dr. Prasanthkumar Nellickal-Head CSR, Muthoot Pappachan Foundation, Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Retd.) – COO Mission Smile and Mr. Deepak Atal – Trustee, Mission Smile. With the devoted cooperation of the team that included plastic surgeons- Dr. Manish Mukul Ghosh and Dr. Anjana Malhotra, and anesthesiologists- Dr. Gautam Sarkar and Dr.[…]

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Volunteer Story of Isha Mahajan from Kolkata Mission

Smile is a curve that sets everything straight ! Who would know this better than MISSION SMILE, who have been providing FREE life changing cleft care and surgeries. What an emotional & enriching experience in August 2017 for me ! Words cannot explain how lucky I feel to have spent time with Mission Smile as a Volunteer in the Kolkata International Mission. Initial screening day was much more than just medical screening – it involved gathering all kinds of information, educating and informing patients and their families that cleft is curable through surgery. It was disturbing to see that there[…]

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GC4 Conducted Agartala Cleft Care Camp – 33 Smiles Delivered in 5 Days

The 10th Agartala Cleft Care Camp was conducted in the TMC Dr BRAM Teaching Hospital by Mission Smile from 5th- 11th September’ 2017. Thirty-three children and young adults received life-changing surgery in this Camp which was led by the team from Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GCCCC). Mission Smile conducted the Camp in partnership with Government of Tripura at Agartala.  Patients for the Camp came from the districts of Dhalai, South Tripura, North Tripura, West Tripura, Gomati, Khowai, Sipahijala and Unakoti. A team of 17 volunteers comprising of Plastic Surgeons, Anaesthesiologists, Paediatrician, Nurses, Bio-medical technician, Speech Therapist screened 52 cleft[…]

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Life-Changing ‘Smile’- A Gift To Little Taiba

Cleft lip and cleft palate deformities are treatable. With proper treatment, which involves cleft rectification surgery and proper nutrition under medical guidance, cleft deformities can transform into perfect ‘smiles’. However, due to lack of awareness about cleft, inadequate financial condition of the affected person and moreover the social stigma associated with cleft, even today, the struggle of a cleft person remains unheard.  Particularly, the plight of children who are affected by cleft lip and palate deformities are even pathetic. Cleft babies cannot feed properly. They require a special feeding bottle, moreover, most of the children are from economically weaker section[…]

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8th Spirit of Humanity Awards 2017

Mission Smile was adjudged Winner of the East Zone in Health category in 8th Spirit of Humanity Awards 2017 . Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Retd.), Chief Operating Officer and Runa Rafique, Sr. Manager- Partnerships, Research & Academics, of Mission Smile  received the award at the grand finale held at the Hotel Marriot, Juhu in Mumbai on 14th September 2017. Every year Americares India gives out these awards to NGOs in recognition of their exemplary social contributions. The philosophy which drives the Spirit of Humanity awards is “For charity to continue good work and recognition must go hand-in-hand.” 23 regional winners and 6 National Winners[…]

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Bismita’s Life Changed Forever – A Mission Smile ‘Impact’ Story

India is on the verge of being a superpower, yet the life of a child born with cleft deformities remains pathetic. Neglected and left alone to suffer, these children remain trapped within their own bodies. Where there should have been sympathy, there is stigma. Where there should have been compassion and care, there is social seclusion. Reconstructive surgery is the best and the only way to correct cleft lip and cleft palate deformities in children and adults alike, which renders permanent solution to their medical problems. Bismita’s life would have followed the same script as above, if she had not[…]

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How Ajgari’s Life Took a Turn from ‘Cleft’ to ‘Smile’

Cleft is often neglected in the poor and slum areas of India. The chief reason being the high expense of plastic surgery and associated treatments and therapies needed to cure cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. Also, a sad reality is the little or no access to proper medical care which adds to the lack of awareness among people affected by cleft deformities. We met Ajgari Khatun through our friendly associate Hemley Gonzalez who runs Responsible Charity, an NGO dedicated to empowering families out of poverty in slum communities and villages in India. It was our friend Hemley who contacted[…]

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Sajit’s Cleft Surgery Became the Turning Point of His Life

We saw Sajit Alam, the 5-month old baby, for the first time during the screening of our Siliguri Surgical Camp. The little baby was the unfortunate victim of cleft lip from birth. His parents had a meager monthly income of Rupees Seven Thousand only and the family struggled to make ends meet. They knew that surgery could treat the facial deformity of their beloved son –Sajit, but owing to its high cost of surgery, it was impossible for them to even think about the surgery! When interviewed by our program coordinator Subhankar Saha, Sajit’s mother unveiled the challenges her family[…]

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Little Sibu’s Smile Changed his Family’s Fate Forever

The crucial period of 9 months – carrying and experiencing a growing life inside a womb is undoubtedly the most exciting journey for couples. Joy and Supriya Maity too were eagerly waiting to see their third child. However, they were shocked to find their baby boy Sibu born with cleft lip and palate deformities. We first met Sibu, the 9-month old baby boy at our recently launched Kolkata Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (KC4). We were heart-broken to see such a cute child suffering from acute difficulties of cleft since birth. Little Sibu’s plight made us even more resolute in our[…]

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