Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thank You from Smile Train

You may remember the CWDkids Care contest winner Avia, who organized a bake sale at her school to raise money for Smile Train, an organization that provides free corrective surgery to children in developing countries who have been born with cleft lips and palates. CWDkids rewarded Avia and her classmates by donating $5,000 to Smile Train on their behalf.

We would like to share this wonderful letter we received from the Smile Train organization, telling us about one of the children who received surgery thanks to Avia and CWDkids.
Dear CWDkids,

I am very happy to send you these photos of a young girl we were able to help thanks to your generous support!

Sinel Rin is a 5-month-old girl that lives in one of the poorest areas of one of the world's poorest countries. One out of 8 children in Cambodia doesn't make it to their 5th birthday. Most of those who do survive face very difficult lives in a country that has more landmines that it does people and an average income per capita of $290 per year (that's 79 cents a day!).

Sinel's parents could save their entire lives and still never be able to afford the surgery that you helped make possible. One of our best surgeons, Dr. Lond Vanna, operated on Sinel this past July 7th at the National Pediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As you can see, the surgery went very well. Thankfully, this little girl will never know how painful and difficult her life would have been if she had to live it with the unrepaired cleft.

I hope that you put these pictures up on your fridge or someplace to remind you that on the other side of the world there is a 5-month-old girl who is smiling today because you cared enough to help.

Thanks again for helping these kids.
Brian Mullaney
Co-Founder, President & Board Member
Smile Train

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