MUMBAI: Indiabulls Foundation, the CSR arm of Indiabulls Group, announced its 3rd year of partnership with Smile Train, world”s largest cleft charity, to support 600 cleft lip and palate surgeries for underprivileged children in the country, totaling to 1800 since 2014. In India, 35,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate every year, and most of them cannot afford the surgery and are forced to live a life of isolation.
“Our main objective is to do meaningful work with measureable output and maximum impact on the society. A simple 45-minute cleft surgery immediately transforms the life of an individual and this has motivated us to adopt the cause. With operation excellence and a large network, Smile Train has been a great partner for the last two years and that’s one of the main reasons to take the cause up in 6 highly sensitive cleft prone states in India,” said Mohammed Ali Saleem, Director – CSR, Indiabulls Foundation.
Over a million children in India continue to live with unrepaired clefts. Smile Train’s sustainable provides training, funding and resources to empower over 300 doctors to provide 100% free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities across 110 towns and cities.
Together, this CSR initiative has impacted communities in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. Speaking about the association, Mamtaa Carrol, Vice President and Regional Director-South Asia, Smile Train, shared, “Indiabulls Foundation has been one of our strongest supporters and we look forward to heal clefts and spread the power of a smile. A child born with a cleft needs holistic treatment going beyond surgery and our aim is to bringthe best cleft care to communities, free of cost. We have helped provide over 475,000 cleft surgeries in the last 16 years and look forward to the support of committed partners like Indiabulls Foundation to reach out to the million children who still wait for this surgery.”