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.
I believe there is power and strength in a smile. It's one way for a person to shine their unique and beautiful light! With this organization and the help of generous donors, more children will be able to step confidently into their personal power.
I've donated to Smile Train for many years. I am very proud of all the work and surgeries that they have done. I love that so many doctors and nurses volunteer their valuable time and Smile Train takes care of not only the organization of all these surgeries, but also the financial burden of them. It allows kids who may never have a fair chance at life to be given a level playing field at a very low cost. I have also met many of the medical professionals who have served and they rant and rave about their experience.
I love the work that this organization does for these innocent children and their families!
If we don't support them...who will?!!?
Life changing Love!
Smile Train provides critical funding for surgery for children with cleft lip and cleft palate, which drastically improves their quality of life. The procedures are performed by surgeons around the world, in the hospitals where they practice, which minimizes travel expenses for children undergoing surgery.
We have supported Smile Train since it's inception, but had a life changing experience when we traveled to Guatemala with Smile Train to observe what we are doing in the field. We were able to visit a nutrition center, hospital (observe surgery results), and visited families in rural area's to see how cleft lip surgery changes children and family lives. We are returning to Guatemala on our own to visit and contribute to the Nutrition Center and hospital.
We love the personal connection of this organization. Every year we give to Smile Train in honor of our relatives at the Holidays. My kids just LOVE seeing the picture(s) of the children that our donations have helped. They now choose Smile Train regularly when asked where they'd like to donate money on their birthdays or from other earnings.
I love this organization. My mother, over her lifetime, supported Smile Train and took great delight in the way they transform lives through a straight forward, powerful intervention. Her enthusiasm for Smile Train has passed on to me and my husband. We love the chance to bring such effective trans-formative help to people who need it.
Nothing can beat giving children the chance of a new life! I am proud to be part of the Smile Train family.
I learned about Smile Train when a relative was expecting a daughter with cleft lip/palate. I'd never thought about what a dismal future awaited kids with clefts--especially girls--in many cultures where the corrective surgery we take for granted in the U.S. is hardly available. I'm very impressed with the medical teams that pass their knowledge and skills to doctors in other countries--not just repairing clefts, but enabling local teams to continue the work. As far as I can tell, Smile Train efficiently uses donations, which are often multiplied by matching gifts, and is good about sharing the kids' and parents' experiences with donors. Smile Train is one of the two charities I regularly contribute to.
I have been donating for 19 years since my son was born (with a cleft pallet). Keep up the good work.
I love Smile Train! It gives me the opportunity to help children escape lives of despair, sadness and deprivation. The money is well spent; I'm always delighted to pictures of the children who have received their successful surgeries. I know they now have the chance to live a normal live and live up to their potential. I'll continue contributing to Smile Train as long as I can.
Several years ago, my father asked us (his adult children) to make a donation to Smile Train in lieu of Fathers Day and birthday gifts. My sister and I gladly honored his request. It has been wonderful to see how multiple small contributions can add up to a big difference in the life of a child needing surgery. Before choosing Smile Train, my dad researched various organizations based on the integrity of leadership and the percentage of donations used to achieve their missions. Smile Train exceeded his criteria. I recommend it as a worthwhile charity and would encourage others to consider it when making contributions.
Smile Train is my favorite charity. With other charities, my money goes into a big pool and it's hard to see the impact. With Smile Train, each $250 goes to repair a child's cleft palate. It gives them a face to see in the mirror, a face to see in pictures...a face to show the world. For the price of one months cable TV bill, I can literally change a child's life forever. It doesn't get any better than that. Thank you Smile Train!
We have the easy part. And it makes us feel good.
The volunteering of time away from family by the doctors and staff is nothing short of remarkable.
Thank you for providing the outlet for us to help from afar.
Effective, efficient, creative, innovative, results-oriented. A simple and impactful mission superbly executed. A truly worthy organization.
For several years I have donated to Smile Train, because of its major impact on children's lives and the possibilities it opens up for their future and their family's well being in many countries. Every year there is a list published in major newspapers of non-profits that use the majority of collected donations on their specified goals and only a small percentage on management, and Smile Train always makes the cut of being a worthy recipient of donated funds with minimal office expenditures and maximum help given to make beautiful smiles.
I may not be wealthy, but when I donate I make sure it is during a double/triple match, or even a five times the donation match, so my money goes farther to help more children. Smile Train is near and dear to my heart and worthy of even dime it collects.
I have always donated to Smile Train and I will continue to do so. Cleft lip and palate surgery is such an easy fix but can have an even greater impact on a child's life if it is not fixed. Smile Train really cares about children all over the world and I wouldn't recommend any other charity over smile train