Tense for a Reason

July 28, 2007

Why I’m Doing This (Post #2)

Filed under: Smiles — Tense @ 8:30 am

I only learned of the existence of The Smile Train in the past couple of months; I saw an ad in the back of a magazine, and went to their website to check it out. I couldn’t believe what I read there… This organization provides FREE cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for kids living in poverty. The other thing that amazes me is that in cultures foreign to the one in which I’ve grown up, many of the children born with this very common birth defect are seen as cursed and often are abandoned by their families. For instance, read the story of Bhavani, whom The Smile Train was able to help when she was only 6 months old:

Thirupathi Rao and his wife were a happily married couple. They settled in a small village in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh in India. They are agricultural laborers, and whenever they manage to get work, they earn less than $2.00 per day.
Their first child was a healthy boy. But when Mrs. Rao gave birth to her second child, the family was shocked to see that the baby girl had a disfiguring facial deformity. They thought it was a curse from the gods, and they were so despondent about the whole issue, they wanted to abandon the child.
Luckily for the baby girl, her mother learned about The Smile Train cleft project through other members of her village who also had a child born with a cleft.
The baby girl was brought to Vijetha Hospital at Vijayawada and was examined by the chief surgeon and the director of the project Dr. P.M.C. Naidu.
After the surgery Bhavani’s family was thrilled to see her with a normal looking lip, and their joy could not be translated into words. They no longer feel like they have been cursed, but rejoice when they see their beautiful baby girl smile!

THIS is what your money and my time is doing. It’s giving normal lives to children who otherwise are would be outcasts. It’s giving them the ability to eat, and talk and smile, and it’s giving their families hope. Please consider donating if you haven’t already done so.



  1. This is a charity that I would never otherwise consider supporting, as it hasn’t affected me or anyone in my circle. I love that you’re calling attention to it this way, and I’m pleased to be able to help in whatever small way I can.


    Comment by mrschili — July 28, 2007 @ 7:38 am

  2. Mrs Chili – Thanks for being here with me! You have no idea how much that means.

    Comment by Tense — July 28, 2007 @ 8:55 am

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