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Since January 2016, The Miss Universe Organization and Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, have been involved in a charitable partnership to help raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with untreated clefts in the developing world. The relationship has helped provide opportunities for the reigning Miss Universe and international and state titleholders to get involved with Smile Train’s global initiatives in the 85+ countries where the charity helps children.

"We truly believe in what Smile Train represents – hope, joy, perseverance and transformation,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “We are extremely proud to work with an organization that is committed to delivering a positive impact to the communities in which we work, and are steadfast in our commitment to help support their efforts and long-term sustainability.” The partnership has helped amplify a shared set of core values, centered on the organizations' global reach and commitment to empowering children to lead full, productive lives.

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