Sunday, September 16, 2012

Operation Smile

Orofacial clefts are birth defects that which we are familiar of as cleft lips or palate. What you don't know is, there are at least 1-2 out of 1000 children who have this condition. This condition occurs more often among Asian, Latinos and Native Americans.
What worries and saddens me is the fact that not many kids that are born with this condition undergo corrective surgery because of the absence of funds and because of poor medical availability.

These kids are taunted for being different, they have to undergo speech therapy, their parents are also required to undergo counselling so that they would better understand the needs of their children. It's tough to have to explain to their children as to why they look different and why they aren't normal like others.

I've actually been actively involved in the "Operation Smile" project, but it's only now that I've chosen to share it in my posts. I hope that by reading this, some people can be inspired to want to help these kids.

Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile. Just because they were born with cleft lips, it doesn't mean that they're damned and they're going to have a distorted image for the rest of their lives. I actually think that these kids are already beautiful and with the corrective surgery, they would be able to lead a normal and happy life.

It's sad how these kids have to live their life feeling dejected just because of a condition which can be easily fixed.

Get involved Their youth and student community.

One famous personality that you may know who have had corrective surgery done is Joaquin Phoenix.

You may recognize him as the guy from the movie, Gladiator. 

There are also a few celebrities who are in support of this project "Operation Smile" such as Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake and etc.

Let's help all these beautiful babies. Every dollar counts. Even if you don't have any, just spread the world. Let's raise awareness. Let's help make someone smile. We donate our smile to them, so that when they smile back, our hearts will smile as well. :)

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