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Help the cleft surgery expenses of a poor child by Mission Smile

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Help the cleft surgery expenses of a poor child

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Rishi’s smile is now his parent’s hope

Rishi is from a remote village in Assam. He was born with a cleft lip. People around him did not understand this defect. They began to treat his family poorly.

They were mocked and looked at as outcasts. They could not deal with the ill treatment any longer and locked themselves in their home most of the time. Soon, life became unbearable for the family.

It was then, that Rishi's mother Anupama heard about Mission Smile and decided to take him to there. Mission Smile helped Anupama understand more about the defect and agreed to sponsor his surgery as she could not afford it. They helped him with a correction surgery for his cleft lip.

After the cleft lip correction surgery, Anupama was overjoyed. She felt as though her son was born again. Rishi now smiles with all his heart and is invited home by all his neighbors and treated like one of their own. The pain and stigma that came with his cleft lip no longer torments the family and they now had a chance to rejoin the community with no hesitation.

You can make a difference to poor families by donating to help children with cleft lip surgery. Your donation will give them a chance to live with peace with dignity. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Healthcare
Surgery
What you get
Tax Exemption
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Program Description

Operation Smile India specializes in delivering safe and quality cleft correction surgeries in the remotest parts of the country. Surgeries are conducted as a part of this program with the most basic of requirements - a hospital room, an operating table and an operating room light.

Operation Smile brings all medical equipment, drugs and medical consumables that are needed for surgery. The program has also involved the best of surgeons, anesthetists, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists among others - all on a voluntary association.The project is divided into three parts - Screening - where potential candidates are selected 2. Surgery week 3. All patients come back to the hospital a week after the surgery for a one-week post-operative evaluation.

When you donate to this program, you can help poor children get access to cleft surgery.

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About The NGO

Mission Smile
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Mission Smile

Bringing smiles is the mission of Mission Smile. The organization led by the team of dynamic trustees facilitates free life-changing surgeries for patients suffering from cleft deformities.

In a country like India, there are 1 million cleft deformity patients that have never received any form of treatment. With over 45,000 medical examination and over 35000 surgeries in 16 years, Mission Smile takes a step towards helping the situation. Mission Smile has 10 outreach centers and 1 comprehensive cleft care center. A team of 40 full-time staff and five consultants work tirelessly to serve the patients.

The backbone of Mission Smile is great professionals like Dr. Rashmi Taneja Delhi and Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Retd.). Due to their great efforts Govt. of Assam honored the Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre with the “Social Impact Award” for their Innovative Social Services.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Retd)

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Medical Supplies | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Assam

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2017: 8th Spirit of Humanity Award, 2017

2017: Accredited by Credibility Alliance for desirable norms

2015: Best Youth Farmer Award

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

22 July, 2019

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Program Update

Mission Smile brings all medical equipment, drugs and medical consumables that are needed for surgery. The project is divided into three parts - Screening - where potential candidates are selected 2. Surgery week 3. All patients come back to the hospital a week after the surgery for a one-week post-operative evaluation.The funds raised was used to identify children with cleft in villages through awareness drives, as well as to mobilise them to the nearest centre. Once at the centre, the kids are screened for understanding their fitness for surgery. Free surgery and comprehensive care is provided to kids who are found fit for surgery.

Story from the field

Miriam, a 3 year 8 months old little girl who had to bear fathomless pain and anxiety from her birth due to her blindness in one eye and defect in her other eye together with a severe cleft lip and palate deformities. The only good news for the unfortunate child was that her mother stood strong, giving her shelter and support in spite of non-cooperation and ill-treatment from their relatives and even the community at large! the baby was taken to the ICU due to medical complications and was kept for 21 days, the first few of those days being critical to her survival. Her mother wasn’t informed either for the first few days about her child’s blindness and cleft deformities.Miriam was brought to GC4 by her mother where due to her underweight she was first denied surgery and was suggested to be put on a nutrition plan by our doctors. On their second visit to the GC4, during screening for surgery, Miriam showed a few symptoms of illness for which the surgery had to be postponed. She kept visiting GC4 with Miriam for 18 times and every time certain health problems came in the way preventing the surgery. Hers’ was a critical case and needed special care. Finally, on her 18th visit during Difficult Cases Week of GC4 Miriam was screened by Swedish doctors, who had come to volunteer, and was selected for surgery. The international surgery team decided to operate on Miriam in two separate phases. The first phase of the surgery was done during Difficult Cases Week this year and happy mother went back with her child with a deformity partially removed. The second phase was performed the second surgery on 6th Sept’18. The remaining deformity was restored to an amazingly satisfied level. She is now presentable and a happy child with full of confidence. The parents were filled with teary eyes when they saw her child smiling like never before. Moriam is scheduled for a third minor surgery after a 6 month gap. This surgery is planned to beautify her face,gifting her the final life changing deformity restoration. Her parents, who had at one time given up hope on her child’s survival has started planning for her future. They are determined that effort spent on her will not go in vain. They have been blessed with free treatment, they are determined to work hard and spend on her education, making her a strong woman and able to give back to the society through her knowledge and dedication.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?3000
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date1000
Village/City/State where project is locatedMMC Hospital, Panbazar, Guwahati, Assam
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1940000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD30000000

20 February, 2019

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Program Update

The funds raised was used to identify children with cleft in villages through awareness drives, as well as to mobilise them to the nearest centre. Once at the centre, the kids are screened for understanding their fitness for surgery. Free surgery and comprehensive care is provided to kids who are found fit for surgery.

The center in Guwahati also undertakes medical missions throughout North East to identify needy cleft children for corrective surgeries. Special screening camps are organized to select cleft children for life changing surgeries. The patients are selected from the screening camps undergoing medical tests to judge their fitness for surgeries. Especially, they are also provided free dental care and speech therapy who need teeth alignment. Free nutritional care is also provided to children suffering from nutrition problem.

Since 2011, more than 19,000 safe corrective surgeries have been conducted by the centre. It has become a centre of excellence in Comprehensive Cleft Care not only in India but also in the world.

Story from the field

Jili is a 1 year old infant who was born with severe cleft condition. She was born with a gap in her lip, as well as palate (which is the roof of the mouth that separates our oral cavity from nasal chamber). With such a condition, feeding Jili was a real challenge for her mother Anowara. That is the reason why Jili was around 7 kg of weight when she was brought to the Guwahati Centre, when she was a year old. Malnourishment continues to plague these children and the org started their nutrition program for kids like Jili. Her parents were aware about the corrective surgery for Jili from the hospital she was delivered but the cost was too much for Surman who earned rupees three thousand working as a wage labourer. They had given up all hopes when they heard about safe and comprehensive cleft surgery and care available free of cost at the centre. Jili was admitted on 10th October and was successfully screened by the Paediatrician and Surgeon and admitted for surgery. Jili underwent a corrective lip surgery by Dr. Hiteswar Sarma. Her parents were delighted to see Jili, after her surgery. Their beautiful daughter looked more beautiful. The parents were counselled on how to take care of the stitches and how after a few days the pain in her lips would subside fully and her lips would be joined as any other child. Your donations helped Jili's parents provide the much needed surgery for their daughter. They may not remember your name but they will always remember what you did for them and Jili. The org would soon be meeting Jili again after a few months when she comes back for her palate corrected and they look forward to meeting her soon and your donations can help Jili completely recover from her condition.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?3000
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date1000
Village/City/State where project is locatedMMC Hospital, Panbazar, Guwahati, Assam
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1940000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD30000000

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