GIFT A SMILE FOR LIFE FOR LESS THAN $1 A DAY

Emon’s Story

When Emon was born with a cleft lip and palate, his parents were very distressed, and knowing they could never afford to pay for the repair surgery their child needed, they worried about their son’s future.

Emon was brought to an Operation Cleft surgical camp and he received the professional care and operation he needed, at no charge to his family. Just a few months on from his free surgery, Emon is now a bright and bubbly little boy with a more positive future ahead of him, made possible by the exceptional skills of Bangladeshi plastic surgeons and the generosity of donations made to Operation Cleft.

In Bangladesh each year, over 5,000 babies are born with cleft lip and palate deformities.  These babies are often sickly and malnourished due to feeding problems and infections. The high cost of repair surgery far exceeds the annual income of a family living below the poverty line.  As cleft conditions are not considered life-threatening in Bangladesh, repair surgery is not covered by their overburdened public healthcare system.

Children with untreated cleft conditions suffer both physically and emotionally and face a life of torment, poor health, isolation, illiteracy and in some cases, death.  These children and their families are often ostracised by their communities, which perpetuates the poverty cycle.

GIFT A SMILE FOR LIFE FOR LESS THAN $1 A DAY

For less than a dollar a day, you can help children like Emon and his family move towards a brighter future. For just $25 a month, for one year, you can assist Operation Cleft give the Gift of a Smile for Life and make a real difference to those less fortunate in Bangladesh.  To become a monthly donor and help us reach our Target of 1000 Smiles, go to: https://donate.grassrootz.com/operationcleft/target-1000-smiles

Target 1000 Smiles – Emon’s Story