Brazil – Reuny Felix lives deep inside the Amazon Rainforest, hours away from the nearest health facility, in a protected area reserved for members of the Ticuna tribe.
Mexico City – In her own words, Taniya Nayak, one of the nation’s foremost interior designers, tells us about her experiences visiting Smile Train’s local partners and cleft patients in Mexico City.
South India – Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Hirji S. Adenwalla is, quite possibly, the only surgeon in the world who has been exclusively performing cleft surgeries for the last 15 years.
Bogota, Colombia – 9-year-old Maria is the true heart of her very large family. When she was just a baby, Maria’s parents Stella and Jesus brought her to a Smile Train partner hospital near their small mountain town outside of Bogota, Colombia for cleft lip repair.
Benjamin Constant, Brazil – Rosana’s eyes filled with tears as she spoke about the drastic improvement in her Maria’s health since her Smile Train sponsored cleft surgery. In her own words, Rosana shares her story of the long road to giving Maria her beautiful new smile.
Totolac, Mexico – Five-year-old Alexa wasn't always considered a queen, as she was born with a cleft lip. Fortunately, Alexa received her free life-changing cleft repair surgery from Smile Train at a young age.
Cap-Haiten, Haiti – Roger Ulysse was born with a cleft lip in Cap-Haiten, Haiti during the 1950s. Roger said that when he was a boy, he often felt angry and was left out of his community.
Tabatinga, Brazil – Twelve-year-old Hélio Grandes bravely traveled several hours by boat for his cleft palate surgery at Smile Train partner hospital Benjamin Constant. This was a journey he was all too familiar with, as he had his free cleft lip surgery earlier in the year.
Cap-Haïtien, Haiti – Georgina was born with a cleft lip in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Her parents, Guerlinda and Brunel, said that Georgina’s cleft was a shock, but they instantly loved and accepted their infant daughter.
Tabatinga, Brazil – When Veronilee passed by and saw the drastically underweight infant dying from malnutrition, she knew that she needed to step in. Veronilee adopted Victoria and, over the next several months, nursed Victoria back to health.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – When Bruna Senhorinho realized that her first born son Nicolas was born with a cleft lip she had complete faith that he was going to be okay. She was sure because of her own past as a cleft patient.
Mexico City, Mexico – Maria Carmen Pamplona is a speech pathologist who holds a camp every summer to help children with clefts improve speech and self-confidence.
Ningxia, China – When Li Tianen was born with a cleft lip and palate, an exciting day soon turned into a day of worries. His family’s financial situation made it nearly impossible to afford cleft lip and palate surgery. They were helpless and confused.
Tabatinga, Brazil – When Kalebe was born with a bilateral cleft lip, Jeane said that she was surprised. She was just happy that he was alive. The pregnancy had many complications and Kalebe had barely survived.
Kamonyi, Rwanda – Growing up with a cleft lip and palate was exceptionally challenging for Jean-Paul Niyigena. After he was born, the neighbors told his parents they should kill him.
Ouanaminthe, Haiti – Phanord was told about Smile Train’s free cleft surgery programs on the day her daughter, Nashka, was born.
Choloma, Honduras – The doctor was surprised when Allison was born with a cleft lip. Allison’s mother, Lena, wasn’t.
Chiapas, Mexico – In 2013, Ever was a ten-year-old boy living with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate in an isolated area called “La Libertad.”
Rwanda – Janine was born in a rural village in Rwanda with both a cleft lip and palate. Soon after she was born, Janine’s father died tragically.
Mozambique – While working with local partners in Mozambique, Smile Train Africa staff members found the country had several unique challenges in trying to meet the needs of local cleft patients.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Comprehensive cleft care addresses every aspect of the life-long care required by children born with cleft lips and/or palates, dramatically improving their physical and psychological health and providing them the best chances to live full, productive lives.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Keren is a two and a half year-old who was born with a unilateral cleft lip. Her family had never heard of cleft lips or palates prior to her birth.