My experiences witnessing the barriers to dental care motivated me to become involved with the organization Smile Train. I have fundraised for treatment for children with clefts and provided literacy to the community about cleft conditions. My involvement with this organization not only fulfilled me deeply, but also gave me a background in oral and maxillofacial terminology while also improving my communication and teamwork skills. This experience will inevitably prepare me for a career as a dentist and help me reduce health-care disparities.
According to Give.org, this charity sends out misleading information about the percentage of revenue used for their actual medical practice compared to payments to staff. They also hound you with solicitations, as is also mentioned in the Give.org report. I gave to them a few times in the past and then asked to be taken off their mailing list when I got phone calls and mailers hounding me for donations several days in a row. The solicitations stopped for a while until I got this email request AND another mailer on the same day.
I started making donations to Smile Train in response to mail solicitation. Within a short period of time I started receiving an unending stream of telephone solicitations on Smile Trains behalf from something called "Donor Services Group". Multiple requests to them to cease phone solicitations went unheeded. Smile Train has received its last donation from me.
Excellent organization does a fantastic job helping poor children around the world.
This charity is wonderful. It changes the life path of these children. Before the surgery, they are likely to live miserable lives , being ostracized by society, having low self esteem, and filled with self-loathing. After the surgery, the trajectory of their lives changes dramatically. They will fit in with society. They are more likely to have higher self esteem., and the sky is the limit for what they can accomplish. I can't think of any other charity that can have such a marked and positive effect on children' lives. It's incredible!
This is a phenomenal organization! Their work is far reaching and helps children to go on to have normal, productive lives. Their site is easy to navigate of you plan to donate online. They have a lovely DVD about a little girl, Pinkie, who has greatly benefited from their tremendous work. This DVD can be used as a fundraiser for your organization to inspire others, as I did with my 3rd grade class. We smiled when we could help other children to finally SMILE!
I have been donating to Smile Train every year for many years. A smile means everything to a child and with this wondrous surgery, this is a gift of enduring value.
While in the Military I saw first hand how this organization makes an immediate and life changing impact on a child's life. It made me an instant supporter.
Growing up in the privileged US, I saw a friend of mine with a cleft palate be teased for his appearance. In these countries where Smile Train does their great work, these children are too often shunned by society for a physical abnormality. Our donations give these beautiful children a shot at life. I love this charity and their good works.
I have known Susannah for over 35 years, she is a great person and does a tremendous job for the kids helped by Smile Train.
Great charity to help kids. I am glad to donate to help these children. Will one day get rid of impoverishment and its inability to heal and foster goodness.
Wickedness is a problem that we can all take care of by 1 thinking better thoughts and 2 helping others.
Smile Train is a fantastic organization that aids children from all around the world! I donate whenever I am financially able. Smile Train is great about sending a before/after picture of a child who has been helped through donations. I love keeping these. The photos inspire me to give more and to pray for the children featured in each letter. Smile Train is a great organization which provides free surgeries for children with clefts. If you are looking for an organization to donate to, I would highly recommend this one!
I watched a video of someone different and my Dad told me about Smile Train and I loved it.
Thank you for helping people that are different.
Smile Train is so easy to use, and despite the fact that I rarely see Smile Train advertising, I am always drawn back to it. Good luck!
I've been doing this for a while because a friend's child was born with a cleft palate. What I like about Smile Train is that I know exactly what my gift is doing. It's a simple thing, but it changes, perhaps even saves, a child's life. It's something that here in Australia, we take for granted - that any child born with a cleft palate will have the necessary corrective surgery. This is not the case in many parts of the world. If my gift can make a difference to child's life, to that child's family, then I've actually done something worthwhile. I will never meet these kids. They will never know who gave money to help them. And that's a good thing, because the message sent is that we don't have to know you to care about you. All we have to know is that they need a little help. I don't care what colour these children are, nor do I care how they worship their God, or if they worship at all. I care that they are given a chance to have a decent life and know that people they will never know cared enough to help.