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

Needs 5 more donors to be fully funded

Help the cleft surgery expenses of a poor child

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Impact

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
Periodic Reports
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
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

30 September, 2021

Smiles gifted to 100 kids

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

We have completed more than 100+ surgeries and gifted smiles in the past six months. We have, through our Centre of Excellence GC4, Guwahati, and through our Centre's activities, spread smiles across the northeast. We have done 10 surgeries in our AIIMS Rishikesh center and 30+ surgeries in centers of Vadodara, Orissa and Pondicherry. Each comprehensive cleft surgery changed the lives of the kids by giving them smiles. With cleft care, we are eliminating the social stigma attached to the cleft. We have adapted to the COVID-19 times and are providing much-needed nutritional support to our community. We have enrolled more than 100+ kids in past 6 months in our program. We have been also distribution kits to our beneficiaries.


Challenges faced and next steps

COVID-19 has impacted our operations, as during lockdown elective surgeries were affected. This has resulted in a cleft backlog. We have created strict protocols for surgeries. Constant monitoring has helped us inch towards normalcy. CSR funds from most PSUs have dried up and they are only supporting causes directed through various Ministries.We have made support group within organization which helps us in monitoring our activities and follow protocols to eliminate any risk of covid19We aim to conduct 3 surgical medical Missions to do 200+ surgeries and 300+ surgeries through our comprehensive cleft center and ORCs across India.


Stories from the ground

Stories from the ground:Jahnabi is a six-month-old brave little girl born in Kamrup, Assam. Her parents had anxiously awaited the birth of their only child. But little did they know that Jahnabi would be born with cleft lip. Her parents were proud of their first child irrespective of her condition. But still, they were anxious to help their baby.Jahnabi struggled to breastfeed or drink from a regular bottle as an infant since she could not establish good suction with her mouth. Families and relatives hesitated to take the baby on their lap, which hurt the parents very much. Petty comments and judgments hurt her mother, Sikharani’s confidence, and they thought their daughter’s cleft resulted from their bad karma. Then, her parents began looking for a possible treatment for their daughter.Jahanbi’s father, Ratul, visited several hospitals, all of which wanted outrageous fees for cleft surgery that they couldn’t afford. Finally, he came to know about Mission Smile and decided to approach us. Our doctors thoroughly examined her and guided her parents about the Cleft Correction procedure.When we told them that the cleft treatment for their daughter would be 100% free of cost, they could not believe it. Our surgical team head operated on Jahnabi’s cleft lip. We were delighted to see the dazzling smile on her face after the operation, and we enjoyed seeing her bloom and anticipate the girl she would become.


5 April, 2021

How gift of Smile changes their lives

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Mission smile, with all your help and donations was able to change and provide free comprehensive cleft care surgeries across India to needy ones. We have delivered more than 38000+ safe surgeries till date.


The Cause - Cleft deformities deprive children of a life of dignity and opportunity. Though cleft is a corrective deformity, yet access to quality care and treatment is very low. Without adequate treatment these children struggle to speak, eat, and participate in society. Trapped within their own bodies, they lose out on education and livelihood opportunities, and remain in the periphery of their society, deprived of basic human dignity.


Mission Smile provides its services through the following modes of delivery:



  •    Medical Missions – A location is chosen and volunteers from India and abroad spends 10 days making it possible to conduct medical evaluation and surgeries, followed by post-operative check-up. Till date Mission Smile has conducted 100 medical missions and treated 8000 plus patients in India.


  •    Outreach Centres – Mission smile has 6 centres in Orrisa, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rishikesh, Puducherry and Vadodara in partnership with local hospitals. Mission Smile Credentialed surgeons and experts, with approved equipment and infrastructure have performed close to 10, 000 surgeries through the ORCs.


  •    Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre (GC4) - Mission Smile has created a Unique Public Private Partnership in collaboration with the State Government(s), National Health Mission and corporate partners towards creating a ‘Cleft Free’ India. A dedicated comprehensive cleft care centre provides all necessary and associated care, 24x7, under one roof encompassing surgery, nutrition, child life counselling, speech, dentistry and ENT.




5 August, 2020

All Our Kids are Covid Safe !!

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All Our Kids are Covid Safe !!




Mission Smile aims at brining smile to faces of the children with providing them with surgery for cleft lip one such story we would like to share is that of Senrik who came to us when he was just a year old. His two elder brothers had born perfectly healthy. Senrik, however, was born with a cleft lip which shocked his parents.
Senrik’s parents were further informed that their youngest baby also had a cleft palate. His parents were initially very worried for his well-being, especially as the condition was not common in the family and the parents had never come across a situation like this. They were also concerned about the reaction of their friends and family.Senrik’s family and the community, however, did not ostracise the child. In a show of sympathy and understanding, which is rare in such cases, everyone was eager to meet the newborn and help his parents. They assured the family that the problem is common and can be cured.Senrik’s paediatrician informed his parents about the free and comprehensive cleft care offered by Mission Smile at our Guwahati centre.Upon arriving at the centre, Senrik’s parents were surprised to see so many children like their little son who had come for their cleft lip treatment. They were amazed to see wonderful care provided at the centre. Senrik was examined and selected for surgery. A year later when he returned for a post-surgery check-up, his lip and palate had healed completely. He can now eat properly and is growing into a wonderful and lively child. His mother is very happy with her son’s transformation and she thanks Mission Smile for this miracle.



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