Last Thursday I braved Makati yet again to attend the Media Launch of Smile Train.
Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, has launched an all-smiles photo exhibit in Glorietta 3, Makati. This exhibit not is not only to invites more Filipinos to be Smile Makers, but also learn more about the condition.
What is Cleft Lip or Celft Palete?
Cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, affects one in 700 babies annually, and is the fourth most common birth defect in the world. Clefts occur more often in children of Asian, Latino, or Native American descent. Compared with girls, twice as many boys have a cleft lip, both with and without a cleft palate. However, compared with boys, twice as many girls have cleft palate without a cleft lip. The condition is treatable with surgery but it usually takes several surgeries.
In the Philippines there are several charities set up, one of them is Smile Train.
Unveiled last February 13, the #SmileMakerAko Exhibit gives Filipinos a peek into how the cleft charity has given more than one million children around the world not only new smiles, but also second chances at life.
According to Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Country Director, Smile Train Philippines, “Holding this week-long photo exhibit is an effort to showcase to the public what Smile Train has achieved in the Philippines, and at the same time, serves as an invitation among Filipinos to bring more smiles to the The same time, serves as an invitation among Filipinos to bring more smiles to children with clefts, ”
Cleft and Making Smiles
Smile Train Philippines partnered with Ayala Malls to mount the exhibit in order to reach more Filipinos in the showcasing the cleft patients the organization has treated-continuously treats and the celebrate some of the moneys the charity has had with supporters, which they fondly called “Smile Makers.”
Photographs of local Smile Train celebrity ambassadors Marain Rivera and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach interacting with children are on display at the exhibit. Pediatricians, patient care staff, among other healthcare professionals, as featured as well. One of the more notable Smile Makers is Angel, a former Smile Train patient who is now a nurse.
We continue to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate in the Philippines, and how Filipinos can help give children with clefts a chance to smile through this #SmileMakerAko exhibit,” say Flaviano. “By showcasing to the public the Smile Maker we have on board; your goal is to encourage more people to be Smile Makers as well.”
Flaviano adds that the exhibit is the first of many initiatives they have under their #SmileMakerAko campaign, which seeks to reach more Filipinos and encourage them to be Smile Makers.
You can still catch the #SmileMakerAko Exhibit up to February 19 at the Ground Floor of Glorietta 3, Makati City, at the pathway near Mark & Spencer and Zara.
For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain,org. Follow Smile Train on Twitter and Instagram @ SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.
Until next time!