Smile Train is an international children’s charity that helps and make sure that these kids with cleft lip and palate enjoy the normal life just like everyone else. Recently, Smile Train Philippines partnered with Ayala Malls to mount an exhibit, #SmileMakerAko Exhibit to give Filipinos a peek into how cleft charity has given more than one million children around the world not only new smiles, but also second chances in life.
The exhibit aims to reach more awareness on how the organization cleft patients are treated – and continuously treats – and to celebrate some of the moments the charity has had with supporters, which they fondly call “Smile Makers.”
Parents with children born with cleft lip and palate are advised to have their children schedule their medical operation during the early age. Though age doesn’t matter, kids will benefit more from the operation as they grow older than having it when they’re already in the adult stage.
The #SmileMakerAko Exhibit was revealed last February 13 and held until the 19th at the Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Makati City near Marks & Spencer and Zara boutiques.
Photographs of local Smile Train ambassadors like Kapuso actress Marian Rivera and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach interacting with children were displayed during the exhibit. Pediatricians, patient care staff, among other healthcare professionals, were featured as well. One of the more notable Smile Makers is Angel, a former Smile Train patient who is now a nurse.
“By showcasing to the public the Smile Makers we have on board; our goal is to encourage more people to be Smile Makers as well,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Country Director , Smile Train Philippines.
For more information on Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, you may visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPH, and like them on Facebook @SmileTrainPhilippines.
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