Basic Organization Information
Smile Train, Inc.
- Physical Address:
New York, NY
- Web URL:
- NTEE Category:
P Human Services
P30 Children's and Youth Services
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
G20 Birth Defects
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q30 International Development, Relief Services
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Every child born with a cleft anywhere in the world has the opportunity to live a full, productive life.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades.
Ms. Priscilla Ma
Priscilla was hired by Smile Train in July 2005, as Vice President of Marketing & Development, responsible for worldwide marketing and fundraising activities to further Smile Train’s efforts to cure poor children with clefts in the developing world. During her six years in this position, Priscilla managed multi-channel direct response campaigns (direct mail, print, online, email, outbound telemarketing, and direct response television), was instrumental in the development and launch of Smile Train’s programs in the United Kingdom and Canada and grew the donor base from 335,000 to over 2,100,000.
Recently promoted by the Board of Directors as Smile Train’s Executive Director, she feels she has achieved a perfect balance of “heart and brain,” using her business and marketing expertise to change the lives of tens of thousands of children every year.
Board of Directors
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Cleft Surgery in Developing Countries
- Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Over the past ten years, we have provided free cleft surgery for hundreds of thousands of children. These children were suffering not because they were born with a cleft, but because they were born too poor to ever afford surgery. Being born with a cleft in a developing country is truly a curse. In fact, every baby born in Uganda with a cleft is given the name Ajok which means literally, “cursed by God.” And no one knows how many newborns with clefts are killed or abandoned right after birth.
And the ones who are lucky enough to find a Smile Train free cleft surgery program, not only survive, they thrive. After a 45 minute surgery hands them back their future, and a second chance at life that they never thought they'd get.
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