This year my chosen charity is Smile Train UK, a charity which focuses on cleft lip and palate repairs.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.
The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as £150 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
Smile Train describes their mission like this:
-To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries.
-To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.
Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely
eradicated the problem of clefts.
Just look at the difference a cleft lip and palate repair can make:
Gabriel, before the op...
... and after
Maria, before ...
and after ...
Please consider supporting this charity. It costs £150 to repair a cleft lip and palate.