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, ”