I have been completing paperwork for the Smile Train charity while working in admissions. They are a charity focused on a single problem - cleft lip and palate who partner with us and other organisations. Today I just found someone on the ship has written about a representative from Smile Train coming to visit...this is part of the story...
'......Ten-year-old Oscar didn’t like going to school.
“The other kids teased me because of my lip. When they teased me, I felt very bad,” he said. Living with a cleft lip, he regularly experienced rejection.
Born in a developing country, Oscar had never received corrective surgery. Members of his community believed his cleft was caused by a spiritual curse. “When Oscar was born, some people thought the child was a bad spirit and said I should abandon him,” said his mother, Florentine. Millions of children in the developing world share his stigma.
But today, Oscar is smiling. Through the financial sponsorship of The Smile Train, he received free corrective surgery on the Africa Mercy. His suffering has ended.
The Smile Train is a charity dedicated to the eradication of cleft lips and cleft palates. Through a network of global partnerships, they provide free cleft surgery to millions of children in developing countries. In the past decade, they have sponsored surgeries for more than 500,000 children worldwide. Additionally, they provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.
Mercy Ships has partnered with The Smile Train since 2006......'
So that is a little more about what they do and how they help us to help more people.