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Cleft Palate

Cleft Surgeries Contribute Billions Of Dollars To Local Economies In Developing World: Study

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.25.2016 | Impact

DAKAR, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Born in Ghana with a cleft lip and palate, baby Kodjo was on the brink of being drowned in a river by h...

WATCH: 15-Year-Old Raises $39,000 For Smile Train Charity

HooplaHa | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News

Recycling can improve the world in many ways. One of our favorites comes from a very caring high school student. Sonali Ranaweera was given $100 as a gift and decided she was going to use that money to help people. That's when Recycling4Smiles was born. She got the idea to recycle the cans and bottles and give that money to the foundation, Smile Train.

At NASDAQ, Wells Fargo Gives Big Check to Operation Smile Co-Founders

Jim Luce | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international children's medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children.

How One Organization Transformed a Family and Gives Hope to Thousands of Others

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Jeryl Brunner

When Kiran Fernando was born in December 2008, his mother, Dana Fernando, remembers waiting to hear her baby cry for the first time. It seemed to take forever. And when he finally did make a sound, Kiran's cry seemed very weak and muted.

My Struggle With Stereotyping As A Chinese Adoptee

Emily Champion | Posted 01.17.2015 | Teen
Emily Champion

I suppose you could call me a Chinese-American, but truth is, I'm not really all Chinese and I'm not really all American. I feel different ways in different situations.

This Pit Bull With A Cleft Palate Proved Doctors Wrong And Is Now Living The Good Life

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.25.2014 | Good News

Three veterinarians advised that Ruby the pit bull be put down. The pup was born in December with a cleft lip and palate, meaning that those parts...

A Fundraiser I Founded Changed Someone's Life -- My Own

Sophie Johnson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Teen
Sophie Johnson

In April, I changed somebody's life. I set out to raise money to help a cleft-affected girl in my former orphanage in China and was successful -- wildly so. But the life I changed was actually my own. In trying to help someone else, I found my community.

All Aboard the Smile Train: Organization Brightens One Million Young Lives

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

We've all seen the ads on the subway depicting children with cleft lips. Yes, they're hard to look at, but what's even harder to digest is the truth about what life looks like for these kids. What people may not realize is that they aren't just suffering from a cosmetic deformity.

Why I Need To Help A 'Sister' I Don't Really Know

Sophie Johnson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Teen
Sophie Johnson

Yes, I waited 5.5 years for my mom and dad to come. But eventually, they came. For some kids, they never do.

Boy's Cleft Palate Surgery Allows Him To Sing After Doctors Said It Was Impossible

Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact

A Louisiana teen has completely defied his doctors’ prognosis and hopes his story will inspire other kids with disabilities to chase their dreams, t...

WATCH: Mom's Touching Video About Her Blind Son

The Huffington Post | Ileana Llorens | Posted 05.11.2012 | Parents

A young mother has made a touching video about the love of her life: her son. In the clip originally posted on GodTube, Lacey Buchanan displays a s...

What Is A Cleft Lip?

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted 07.29.2011 | Home
Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

Cleft Lip and cleft Palate can occur simultaneously, or independent of the other. In other words, having cleft lip does not necessarily mean cleft palate is present (and vice versa).

Operation Smile: 'In 45 Minutes You Can Transform A Child's Life'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Operation Smile has worked to heal children's smiles and transform lives around the world since 1982. This year, they have big expansion plans, so th...

What Kind of Images are Appropriate for NGO Campaigns?

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Do NGOs have the opportunity to operate both ethically and successfully? Or do some sacrifices need to be made?

Smile Pinki and the Great Movie Giveaways

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

If someone makes a brilliant Oscar-winning short and no one watches it -- does it have any impact? When the movie has potential for changing the lives of children around the globe, that's just not good enough.

Doc Director Megan Mylan Brings Smile Pinki to the World

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brad Balfour

The story behind the making of this year's winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Short -- Smile Pinki -- is something of a fairy tale equal to the story within the film.