In many developing countries, one in every 600 children is born with a cleft lip or palate and will never be able to eat or speak properly. These children are often teased, tormented, or even abandoned by their own parents at birth. Most are unable to speak, eat, or drink properly.
For over a decade, Smiles for Lives has worked with numerous nonprofits, local governments, community organizations, and hospitals to provide dozens of free cleft lip and palate surgeries to children around the world. These surgeries have given new life to these children by allowing them to live productive, fulfilling lives.
Patients funded by the program receive treatment from the time they arrive at a hospital and all services are free: the initial evaluation, surgery, and post-surgical therapy. These life-changing surgeries are preformed in 45 minutes and cost as little as $250, thanks to support from physicians, participating institutions, and generous donors like you. Smiles for Lives has also funded nonprofits that work to provide state-of-the-art surgical simulation software and medical education grants to participating cleft care teams.
Smiles for Lives Read-A-Thon
Each year, students and youth groups around the world participate in Kids Change the World's flagship program, the Smiles for Lives Read-A-Thon.
Because of overwhelming participation from previous years, the Smiles for Lives Read-A-Thon is now coordinated by regional directors. Regional directors will work with local chapters and schools to implement the program. Donations and forms sent to international headquarters will still be accepted, but may be delayed.
To find the Kids Change the World chapter in your area, contact us!
Medical Research Funding & Support
Kids Change the World funds and supports groundbreaking research for pediatric diseases at the world's leading institutions, including the Harvard Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Yale School of Medicine. Funds are carefully granted biennially to a number of investigators based on their previous track record and promise of advancing their respective fields.
Photos credits: The Smile Train