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.
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
Every year my favorite Christmas gift is my family's donation to Smile Train on my behalf. I love the idea of one more child in the world with a glowing smile. What better gift could I ask for?
I have been an ardent supporter over the years of Smile Train. My personal goal is to sponsor 100 kids for cleft surgery during my lifetime.
Based on what I have seen, and the regular feedback I receive from them, I am a firm believer that these folks are delivering results.
As one person I cant change the world, but I can change the world for one person, by simply giving them a smile. Among all the things that I may have done in my lifetime, this is one that gives me a great deal of satisfaction, with the knowledge that I made a difference.
I love this charity and the ability they provide to make such a direct impact in improving a child's chance at having a life. I have been giving to this charity for about 20 years and have a high level of confidence that the dollars are wisely and efficiently spent.
I strongly believe in Smile Trains cause. I think having such a thought can be logically understood. I am sure that I am not the only person who can be impressed by what Smile Train is doing.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE OF KNOWING SOMEONE WITH A CLEFT PALATE WAS WHEN I WAS 16. THE YEAR WAS 1965. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN WHO HAD THIS CONDITION. FORTUNATELY, HE HAD AN IQ OF 200 AND HIS FATHER WAS THE AMBASSADOR FROM TURKEY, SO THE SURGERY WAS PERFORMED AT BIRTH. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IF HE HADN'T HAD THE SURGERY AND SUPPORT OF LOVING PARENTS. LATER ON I TRAVELED FOR BUSINESS IN MANY PARTS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD AND SAW SO MANY CHILDREN WITH CLEFT PALATES THAT HAD NOT BEEN REPAIRED. IT ABSOLUTELY BROKE MY HEART, BECAUSE MANY WOMEN WERE LIVING ON THE STREETS WITH THESE CHILDREN OR WORSE THESE KIDS WERE ALONE. IT INSPIRED ME TO GIVE AS MUCH AS I COULD OVER THE YEARS. I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THE NURSES AND DOCTORS WHO DO THIS SURGERY FOR FREE. THE COST IS SO LITTLE COMPARED TO THE FACT YOU WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE LIFE OF A PERSON. THANK YOU SMILE TRAIN FOR ALL OF YOU WHO WORK SO HARD TO HELP OTHERS.
Smile Train is truly one of the worthiest of charities since it's mission is simply to give kids a chance at a normal life through the provision of cost free cleft surgeries. The work these folks do to restore smiles and a sense of normalcy for these kids is amazing. I will always be a supporter.
My Mom and Dad introduced me to Smile Train. They thought I would be interested since I was born with a cleft lip and palate. My wife and I made donations but I wanted to do more. I immediately thought of my job as a Physical Education teacher and what if I was able to get my whole school involved. In 2007 The "Miles for Smiles" mini marathon was born. I teach my students about Smile Train, what a cleft lip and palate is, how they can be fixed and how a child's life can be transformed. After the lesson my students collect money for Smile Train. At the end of the collection time we have a walk/run for 30 minutes to celebrate the operations we will sponsor as a school. The event does several things. First it raises money for Smile Train, second it teaches my students the importance of helping others and finally it gets them physically active by running and walking for 30 minutes. We just finished our 11th annual event. It has become a fixture on our school calendar. It brings our community together as students, teachers, parents and business partners all work together to help Smile Train and give children around the world a new smile.
I think Smile Train is a great organization. They are able to not only give kids a new smile in just 45 minutes, but they are literally changing the course of their life. These kids can now go to school, get a job and live a normal life. I love the fact that Smile Train teaches the local doctors the skills necessary for the operations and care, so that the local community can continue the work that Smile Train started. Smile Train has been so wonderful to us at Pleasant Hill Elementary. Adina Wexelburg-Clouser has always there to help with anything we need for our fundraiser. She goes the extra mile, even flying down to South Carolina to spend the day with us at our "Miles for Smiles" event and thanking the students in person. Adina is more than just a colleague she is a friend.
I think that Smile Train needs to continue on the same path going forward. Their model is working. I was able to see it first hand, when I accompanied Smile Train to Indonesia. This trip provided me the opportunity to see Smile Train in action. I met with doctors, patients, families and was able to view several operations. What an amazing experience!