What’s In A Smile?
children are born with cleft
people in the world currently have an unrepaired cleft
children in developing nations will die as a result of cleft
newborns are affected each year – many without access to care
We believe every child, every person, and every smile matters.
A cleft is life-altering and life-threatening
An unrepaired cleft is not simply a cosmetic issue. For many, it can mean the difference between being lost in despair and isolation and fulfilling a life of hope and promise. For others, it’s a matter of life and death.
A life transformed
8-month old Tandin was born in small and remote village in eastern Bhutan. She was only one in her family ever born with a cleft lip and palate. In fact, Tandin’s parents had never seen or heard of this before — until someone in their village said another child many years ago had the same condition. But this child passed away soon after he was born.
Upon hearing this news, Tandin’s parents lost hope. Her mother cried everyday worrying that her first and only child would one day not wake up.
Thankfully, Tandin was able to receive a free cleft lip surgery through a Bright Faces partnership program. She has recovered, and her parents are so grateful and looking forward to a happier.
Tandin’s Bright Face is more than a new smile…it’s a new life.