Gifting Israd the Smile She Deserved

The five year old’s battle with cleft wasn’t an easy one! Giving Israd Banu the smile she deserved was a beautiful experience for the entire team of Mission Smile at Siliguri. After being interviewed by our Program Coordinator Subhankar Saha, we came to know about the hardships the child and her family had to face in the past years. Unaware of cleft, Israd’s parents were shocked to find their baby with such a deformity. Her mother narrated about her experience when she saw her baby for the first time. The joy immediately turned into grief and the fear about the[…]

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How Rishi’s Surgery Changed His Mother’s Life

Rishi Bordoloi from the interiors of the Morigaon district of Assam is our Child of May. Rishi’s background story reflected the non-medical problems of having a child with cleft deformity. When Rishi’s parents visited us on 15th May, we met a nine-month old boy who was friendly but at the same time experiencing the challenges of cleft. While interviewing the family, we came to know about the hardships Anupama (Rishi’s mother) faced being the mom of a cleft child. She confided she and the family had to face ‘embarrassment’ upon his birth. ‘Cleft’ had made the family cut off all[…]

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Mission Smile Completes 2 Years of Partnership with the Govt. of Tripura

We’re happy to announce that on 6th June 2017, Mission Smile has completed two years of successful partnership with the Government of Tripura.   Our partnership with Tripura, the third smallest state of India, however started long before the MoU was officially signed with the Govt. of Tripura on 7th June 2015. In fact, our partnership with Tripura dates back to September 2013 when, for the first time, 14 patients from Tripura found their way to the Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre. To our GC4 team in Guwahati, it didn’t matter whether Mission Smile was in partnership with Tripura or[…]

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The Life Changing Story of Father and Daughter from Vadodara Mission

A smiling child brings smile to the faces of his/her parents. But what if the innocent smiles get eclipsed by cleft lip and cleft palate? All the aspirations of the parents surrounding their child can seem like a distant dream! We met Pradeep Yadav, a 30 year old man, during our Vadodara Mission who was suffering from the very visible deformity of cleft since birth. After being interviewed by Krishna Shah, our volunteer, we came to know about the hardships and challenges that Pradeep faced all throughout his childhood. Due to poverty and unavailability of proper help and guidance, he[…]

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Mission Smile Achieves GuideStar India Platinum Certification

It’s a feather in the cap for Mission Smile for being accredited with the prestigious GuideStar India Platinum (champion level) Certification from India’s most reliable NGO information repository GuideStar India. The seal of Transparency and Public Accountability has been issued by GuideStar India to Mission Smile (GSN 7946) after in-depth due diligence of our organization for legal and financial agreements by the accrediting authority and is valid till December 2017. GuideStar India accreditation is done by a team of certification experts based on the facts and documents issued by statutory auditors, regulatory authorities, past donors and key visitors or memberships/[…]

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Siliguri Surgery Camp – 42 Smiles Delivered in Just 6 Days!

Cleft can no more pose a threat to the budding dreams. We are glad to declare the resounding success of our Siliguri Surgery Camp at Kejriwal Stone Clinic and Kidney Care Centre where we performed 42 Smile surgeries in just 6 days. It was no less a nostalgia for us, as it took us back to the journey when we opened this outreach centre in the year 2013 with a small medical team. Today, we run this kind of camp in every alternative month with the focus of transforming cleft to smile. The team of smile givers included: Dr. Partha[…]

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Difficult Cases Week @GC4 – A Massive Success

The best gift in life is a second chance. The Difficult Cases Week was organized with the aim to give a second chance to those children who could not earlier receive their cleft treatment offered by Mission Smile due to additional complications of airway, cardiac, neurological or malnutrition issues. Inaugurated on 4th May at the Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre by Prof Atindra Adhikary, Principal, Guwahati Medical College, in the presence of Dr MC Rajbongshi, Superintendant of MMC Hospital, Col. Shivaji Samaddar, COO Mission Smile and the international team from Sweden and USA, the motto of the week-long event was[…]

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R K Krishnakumar’s visit to Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre

From Left To Right: Dr. Abai Kumar Goswami, Administrator, Mission Smile GC4, Mr. Dalip Pande Director Partnerships Mission Smile, Dr.Nabamallika Bora, Staff Anaesthesiologist. GC4, Mr. R K Krishnakumar, Trustee, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts, Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, Vice Chairman, Smile Asia, Dr. Khaled Tolba Younes, Anaesthesiologist from, Assuit, Dr. Hiteswar Sarma, Medical director & GM, GC4 and Dr. Hemanta Kalita, Staff Plastic Surgeon, GC4 & Dr. Amit Sahoo, Staff Surgeon, GC4, (appointed by Govt. of Assam). With the proactive support from TATA Trust and their board, Mission Smile Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4) at Guwahati has become a state-of-the-art Centre in comprehensive[…]

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Crossing Miles & Mountains – Mission Smile’s First Camp in Nagaland

 “A smile is the curve that sets everything straight.” In our mission to make India cleft free, we have now reached the mountainous state of Northeast – NAGALAND! With financial support from NEEPCO and infrastructure provided by Eden Medical Centre, the Mission Smile team was in Nagaland to conduct their first surgery at the 1st Nagaland Cleft Care Camp in Dimapur. The camp was organized with the objective of gifting new smiles to 50 cleft-affected patients of Nagaland. To make this mission a grand success, RBSK of NHM- Nagaland provided support through patient identification and connecting the patients to Mission[…]

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Nirmala’s Transition from Desolation to a New Hope

Nirmala, a 13 months baby is the first child of Hukmaran Raika and Dalidevi Raika originally from Sultan Nagar, Junapatrasar, Barmer Dist. Rajasthan. They brought her to us with the hope that their daughter could live a normal life free from cleft. This charming and beautiful baby quickly drew our attention and our volunteer Devanshi Trivedi interviewed her parents to unveil her past stories along with their present experiences. Right from the day when Nirmala’s mother conceived her first child, every member of their family was too excited to greet the newborn. But all their excitements turned into despair when[…]

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