RDD is grateful for our patient’s trust in us. Our patients can be assured that a portion of their cost of treatment goes to SMILE TRAIN to help poor children around the world with a much needed surgery. These dear little children no longer have to live with a disfigurement.
After a 20-hour journey, very little sleep the past four nights and four days of non-stop meetings, I’m actually feeling more energized and motivated than ever before!
I traveled to Hyderabad, India to meet with Smile Train international managers and some of our partner surgeons and anesthesiologists who attended a Smile Train-sponsored conference. Over 250 partner-doctors will meet to discuss, evaluate and enhance ways to strengthen our cleft programs to impact more lives than ever before.
This week, our mission came to life in the presence of this esteemed group. Our mission is and continues to be: To empower local medical professionals to provide safe, high-quality and cost-effective cleft treatment for the millions of poor children around the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate.
We’ve just finished a record-breaking third quarter for our fiscal year. Among the highlights, our South Asia region (made up of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) had its best quarter ever in the 12-year history of Smile Train, with 13,734 surgeries. This is a 14% increase over last year. And worldwide, we had our 3rd highest quarter ever!
This is a great milestone for everyone here at Smile Train, our partners around the world and really, you, our donors who make this happen.
But our work is not done. Every year more than 170,000 children are born with cleft lips and palates. There’s a huge backlog of children left to help and all of us here at Smile Train are committed to helping every child born with a cleft live a full and productive life.
These surgeries – that take as little 45 minutes – are so important to the children still suffering from cleft lips and palates.
Thank you so much for helping children around the world and giving them a new smile and new life.
All the best,