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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Health, International, International Relief, Pediatrics, Surgical Specialties

Mission: 1. to provide free reconstructive surgery to children born with the cleft lip and palate anomaly 2. to provide education and exchange of ideas concerning medical procedures with local medical professionals, to empower and inspire them to support free programs within their own countries 3. to implement and develop programs and centers to identify causes and solutions, and prevent and/or lessen future cases of cleft lip and palate 4. to create an awareness that makes it unacceptable for a province or country to not treat, free of charge, cases of cleft lip and palate among an underserved population 5. to build bridges of friendship among all people so as to create international understanding and goodwill by partnering volunteers with medical teams. 6. to actively promote and encourage ancillary humanitarian projects

Programs: AFS focus's on setting up permanent programs in one given geographic area of the world at a time. The first country that AFS has approached is China because of their need for this service and the already established relationships with existing organizations. Initially, AFS Project China will organize and send up to four teams annually to a specific location, each team being composed of between 15 and 24 volunteer medical professionals and 7 to 10 non-medical volunteers. During a 10 to 14 day period each team is on location, between 80 and 120 underserved children with untreated clefts will receive free reconstructive surgery provided by medical professionals working in tandem with local medical practitioners. During each visit, medical team members work side by side with their local counterparts, providing an interchange of ideas on proper medical procedures and techniques including follow up care. Mini-teams also are sent between major thrusts in order to work on a one to one basis with local physicians and to deal with cases that require complex treatment.Ã? The goal is for very small teams to go semi-annually to consult with and treat extremely difficult cases and support the continued efforts of local medical professionals.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen this company grow tremendously throughout the past year. The people within this field are eager to help those in need and are driven to do this. It's amazing to watch a group of people so passionate about one thing come together to help the lives of children and families in less fortunate countries. Can't wait to see what these guys will do in the coming years, I know it'll be positive.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the Alliance for Smiles organization for quite some time. I am constantly impressed by their generosity. Not only do they help children around the world, but they serve to improve the countries they visit by opening clinics and teaching the locals their techniques.

Great organization and can't wait to see what they accomplish in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend of mine has been tirelessly active with Alliance for Smiles for many years, and I’ve always admired her passion for this cause. During their missions, they post updates, and before and after photos of the children with cleft abnormalities. When you see the transformation of these children and adults after their operations, it’s hard not to be profoundly moved. The life-changing work Alliance for Smiles does is truly awesome.

Their patients can now enjoy normal lives, are able to eat, will be understood when they speak, and will be protected from the many life-threatening problems they would have faced without this operation.

But it doesn’t end there. Their patients continue to need dental care, orthodontia, and speech therapy, and Alliance for Smiles has established treatment centers in many areas to follow-up the work after the missions are over. They train and monitor local health care providers about the needs of cleft lip and palate patients and assist when necessary.

Of all the for non-profit organizations out there, few could boast that 94% of all donated funds go directly to those in need. The Doctors, Nurses, and everyone on the team generously volunteer their time and expertise to help.

So, after observing for so long, I asked my friend what I could do to help. And I’m excited to say I’m going on a mission in October!

Your donations can help transform lives! Please consider donating anything you can today.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never worked for a nonprofit that has such a compassionate approach including how the board members appreciate the staff! The commitment to changing lives is palpable in the daily office setting and during international missions, the commitment, expertise and number of professionals who have taken 12 days on their own time to help save lives is simply astounding and so moving. Although this organization is small to medium sized, it has a huge reach and even bigger heart. I know my donations go directly to the kids because they keep their overhead at 6%!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a RN, I love working with this group. The plan to teach a local Physician to do the surgeries as well as teach the local nurses new skills, is very important to me. It equates to the teach a man to fish he'll eat forever, not just give him a fish for one meal. The high quality of care given by the AfS teams is exceptional.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an anesthesiologist for this organization on a recent trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was impressed with the dedication of the staff and volunteers to provide repairs to cleft lips and palates that the children of Dhaka. The quality of care for these needy children was exceptional. A huge amount of work is done by this organization and the supporting help by Rotarians both in the US, Australia partnering with local Bangladesh Rotarians was inspiring!