Let me ask you this simple question: what makes you smile? What makes you have that warm feeling in your heart that makes your lips form that U shape? If you ask me, it’s the little things in life that make me smile most especially when I see a kid playing happily. Whenever I see kids staring at me (bec. I think I look like a cartoon to them), I smile at them and they smile back. That act alone gladdens my heart. In my opinion, a smile is something that you could give to someone with much glee and trust. It’s saying that “hey, you look like a friendly person”. Sadly, the case is not the same for some. Some kids can’t return that smile back because of a condition. I’m talking about those with cleft lip. Those who want to smile but can’t give it for fear of being criticized or laughed at. It shouldn’t be that way. That’s why I was so happy to hear from Smile Train Philippines that aims to “give every child the chance to smile”.
I’m truly lucky to be part of a company that avidly supports charities. My mentor at the office, who I consult with for this initiative I’m co-heading at the company, nominated me to attend this event. Along with other colleagues at work, we headed to I’m Hotel last October 4 to celebrate World Smile Day. It truly was enlightening and uplifting to know the stories of Smile Train beneficiaries. Packed with confidence and vigor for life, their lives have been truly changed.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.
Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. …
Patients see their smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives and communities are changed forever.
As a result of our efficiency and with the support of our donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than one million children by giving them the power of a smile
Rojan Pajarin is one of those whose life was changed. He talked about being bullied back then because of the way he talked. Now, he is standing strong and even joined the Ironman Philippines.
We never got the chance to tour but there were stalls during that event. These stalls have in a way partnered with Smile Train PH or have been supported by the organization. Listed in our Smile Passport below are the stalls.
Truly, there are more reasons to smile with Smile Train. I’m glad of how their organization works, and how they’ve placed attention to those with cleft. Bottomline is that they just don’t give out free cleft lip surgeries. They give something more valuable, and that’s a renewed life. Those who have benefited definitely gained confidence, happiness and peace. And I think those are things that are simply priceless. 🙂