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The worldwide demand for cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries is staggering. Every 3 minutes, it is estimated a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft.
Every day, thousands of children born with cleft lip and cleft palate cover their faces in shame — hiding behind scarves, masks and even paper bags. Moreover, children suffering from clefts have trouble eating, speaking, are ostracized in their communities, and even labeled as "cursed."
When Operation Smile met 11-year-old Marceline in Rwanda, people told her that looking at her cleft lip made them “sick to their stomachs," so she hid her face. No child should endure that kind of pain and torment — especially when a 45-minute surgery can completely transform their lives.
Operation Smile was able to give Marceline a new smile and a chance to go to school, make friends and lead a normal life. Help give 20 children like Marceline who are hiding their face, a chance to smile for the first time. $240 provides reconstructive surgery for a child in need - and a lifetime of smiles.