WHICH CHARITIES IS LILY4HUMANITY SUPPORTING AND WHY?
I want to support Smile Train and give every Child the Chance to Smile!
Since 1999, Smile Train has supported more cleft surgeries than all other global charities combined. Smile Train has always championed partnering directly with local hospitals to strengthen regional health systems and empower local medical professionals to offer cleft surgery and other forms of essential care to children in their own communities.
1 in 700 babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate globally. A cleft occurs when certain body parts and structures do not fuse together during fetal development. Clefts can involve the lip and/or the roof of the mouth, which is made up of both hard and soft palate. Around the world, many children with clefts will never receive the reconstructive surgery they need.
WHY THIS CHARITY?
What is more powerful than a smile? Children with untreated clefts not only face physical difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. They also suffer mentally. Insecurity takes away their joy for life and happiness. Social isolation, depression, silent suffering and isolation must be avoided!