7 out of 1,000 children in India are born with cleft lip and palate. Without surgery, this condition can lead to lifetime of medical complications as well a social, emotional and psychological challenges. This deformity, likely impacted by insufficient nutrition, is one of the most common deformities among Indian children. ILLUME is proud to be supporting the India Project’s Evening of Smiles event on October 24th to raise money for 1,000 free surgeries for children who have been born with cleft palates, bringing smiles to their faces for the first time in their lives.
The India Project, founded in 1968, is an organization that has a long track record of providing high quality and comprehensive humanitarian services to communities in need. The India Project initially focused exclusively on free facial reconstructive surgery camps for children, however it has since grown to encompass a variety of other development work, including two issues particularly dear to our hearts at ILLUME, sustainability and women’s empowerment. We hope you explore this amazing organization and that as you learn more about the work they are doing you find a smile on your own face, because a smile is a beautiful thing.