Smile Train Partners With BSF

Kolkata, India — Smile Train celebrated the launch of our partnership with the Indian Border Security Force to expand our outreach programs in low income border areas, with 25 free cleft operations.

The 25 children who received free cleft surgery come from poor families in the remotest parts of East India. With the help of the BSF and the Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria, these patients and a great many more to come will be smiling brightly.

The BSF is one of the world's largest border security forces and has many social and developmental initiatives to better the lives of the populations living along India's border. The inaugural event for this partnership was overseen by the Director General of the BSF, Mr. Shubhash Joshi. Through an extensive outreach campaign 25 cleft patients, accompanied by their families, were screened by Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Kamlesh Kothari and scheduled for surgery. While they anxiously waited, members of the Rotary Club offered free counseling services to help guide them through the process and into the next phase of their lives.

"The partnership with the BSF will grant us a unique and exponentially scalable national platform through which we can reach and impact the remotest areas of the country to which we would otherwise have no access...The benefits to many of our poorest of poor patients will be immense, especially areas bordering Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal."
— Mamtaa Carrol, Smile Train Program Director, India

Our deepest thanks go out to the BSF, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria, Dr. Kothari and his team, and everyone involved with this great partnership that is sure to dramatically expand our reach and change lives.