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.
"it is through people like this and acts of charity, that hope and the love of God in good and generous people shines in this world", God Bless!.
Smile Train is pure good in this world. They change a child's life forever. That child can join in, have friends, get married, and be loved without shame.
The best thing I think is that they train surgeons in other countries how to perform the operation, so they can do it independently. "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime!"
I watched a documentary on Smile Train & I was hooked. I just raised the money for one child & I intend to keep going to help as many as I can. Thank you for all you do for these little gifts from God. They are so blessed to have you to help them.
Review from Guidestar
SmileTrain.org is an established charitable organization, which helps finance cleft surgeries for children from the impoverished, third world countries. I have been been a donor here for over a year. Since I am on a fixed income, I try to make a donation every two months. I have seen SmileTrain on TV inasmuch as on social media. It is a truly great charity that pays for great cause: cleft lip surgeries for children, who otherwise would not have been able to afford such surgery. One surgery costs $250 dollars, and SmileTrain welcomes gifts in any amounts.
This organization does some great work in the world giving children a chance to have normal lives by correcting facial birth defects. They have the lowest overhead and over 90% of the money donated goes directly to the surgical costs for the children. I have been giving to this organization for 15 years, and would like to be able to pay for every child in the world that needs cleft surgery. Hopefully through nutritional awareness about folic acid one day there will be no children needing this surgery. In the meantime, it is so important that we give these children a chance by helping Smile Train perform these very necessary surgeries. Thank You Smile Train for doing such beautiful work in the world!!!!!!!!!!
Joy our 13 year old daughter asked me to donate to smile train without telling anyone even anyone in our family. It was a short time after that i received a letter thanking us for the donation.the letter arrived on the same day as Joy's funeral. Joy was knocked off her bike and killed. I know on this her birthday (her 20th) she will be so happy i am donating on her behalf. Such a caring girl she felt the pain of others and wanted to help and that is why she chose such a worthwhile charity Smile Train to give her pocket money to. Thank you for giving Joy a smile and yes joy . Her dad Paul Soffe
My husband and I have been supporters of Smile Train for a few years. We love this organization and get inspired to continue our support by looking at the before and after pictures and by reading the stories of families and doctors that are involved in these life changing surgeries.
It is so heartwarming to see what just a small amount of $$ can do. I don't have alot to give, but at $250 to give a child surgery, it doesn't take long to realize how much good it actually does to donate $20 or $30. Thanks to these fearless, compassionate people who go out in to the world to do what they can to make a child's life better, thereby making the world a better place.
I believe that one of the best things a person can do for another is showing them how to have self esteem. One appearance is one of those factors that gives us this. Therefore the service Smile Train Inc provides is in my opinion invaluable.
I have been giving to Smile Train for years. I am so excited that this charity gives children literally a new start on life. I love receiving all the before and after photos of children that my donations are helping.
I've heard nothing but good things about the way they conduct business and about their integrity and the cause could not be more important.
It's a charity that makes a difference! No other charity has so many dedicated volunteers worldwide.
What a wonderful way to remember a loved one who has passed by putting a beautiful smile on a child's face...
This charity has a very successful record while keeping its overhead costs low. A simple operation changes a child's life completely. A great cause to give to....
Can't explain it. there's lots of charities to give to, but the pictures of those kids just get to me.
Also, Smile Train has an excellent reputation as to delivering the goods