A partnership with a smile!
Operation Smile is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) and charity that provides free surgeries to children and adults who suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate and various other facial abnormalities. Every 3 minutes a baby is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate worldwide. In Africa alone, approximately one in every 1000 children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. A simple surgery that lasts approximately 45 minutes is all that is needed to put a smile on an affected child’s face. The operation and follow-up care costs an estimated R5 500.