The Power of a Smile

Is there anything better? When they greet me in the morning, I get a feel for the day without words. When they are reunited over lunch, joy exudes. Smiles speak.

Smiles direct emotions and reactions, whether forced or gushing happily.

They are genuine. Real. Taken for granted.

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.

Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Patients see their smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives and communities are changed forever.

Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than one million children by giving them the power of a smile — that’s roughly 340 surgeries a day and 127,000 every year.

Join Smile Train and change the world one smile at a time.

Two of Natsir’s four children, Alwi and Winner, were born with clefts. After watching them deal with bullying, struggle with eating, and have trouble speaking, he and his wife became convinced their children were being punished for something he and his wife had done.

Natsir also blamed himself for being unable to afford the surgeries his sons needed. He grew up helping his mother in the family garden. Which meant delays in schooling. Graduating university too late to qualify for gainful employment, he stayed in poverty.

But that didn’t stop him from offering home-cooked meals to passersby. Strangers like tourist David Cogswell who, after meeting Natsir’s children, introduced him to Smile Train. His sons were treated by Dr. Senja Adianto and his team, and Natsir became determined to share what he’d learned with those out of Smile Train’s reach.

Today Natsir is an inspiring volunteer who overcomes doubts and concerns by using his own story as an example. Despite his meager income as a farmer and part-time English teacher, Natsir regularly travels to remote areas around his hometown in Indonesia where he persuades families of kids with a cleft to seek help. To date he’s helped 65 patients get cleft repair. Showing how even one person in a small village can make a big difference.

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference today, hop on over to Smile Train and become part of the Power of a Smile.

Smile Train has a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Smile Train’s model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in developing countries provide 100%- free cleft repair surgery in their communities. Join us and change the world with the power of a smile.

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