Mission Smile Brings New Sunshine in Little Naveen’s Life

In our recently completed Vijayawada Mission, we met Gangale Naveen, a 2 year old baby with cleft lip and palate deformities. He’s born into a farmer family with a meagre daily income of Rs.300-400 per day. Both his parents are uneducated farm-workers. They didn’t have the faintest idea of cleft and like many in their village, thought it to be a curse inflicted upon them by the Almighty. Obviously, they wanted their child to look and grow up like all other normal children but due to lack of awareness about cleft, and the superstition surrounding it, even today among the[…]

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57 Smiles in 4 days – Vijayawada Mission Achieves Big Success

Our recent Mission in Vijayawada from 10th to 14th October 2017, turned out to be another successful one. This mission was our 7th mission in Andhra Pradesh, 5th in the state organized in partnership with Muthoot Pappachan Foundation,the CSR arm of Muthoot Fincorp Ltd, 2nd at the venue – Government General Hospital, Vijayawada and overall Mission Smile’s 93rd medical mission! At the mission, with the continuous support and cooperation of the volunteers, we have screened 98 patients out of which 57 smiles have been successfully restored. These 57 surgeries have been performed under the complete medical observation of the Mission[…]

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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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1000th Surgery from Nutrition Program at GC4

The GC4 Nutrition Program Team is delighted to inform that Suhani Pati, a two years and six months old child from Dhemaji District of Assam and the 1000th patient from the Nutrition Program successfully underwent Cleft Lip surgery today Oct. 20th, 2016. Born to daily wages parents Heramba and Rajkumari Pati of Village –Jiadhel, Block – Dhighagara, District –Dhemaji in Assam, a distance of about 500 kms from Guwahati. Suhani was born with normal birth weight of 2 kgs 800 gms. However, due to her cleft lip and cleft palate, she could not suckle breast milk and complementary food was[…]

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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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