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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Life changing....

It's amazing and humbling to realize we each have the potential to change someone's life radically just by giving. Imagine if you lived in a third world country and you were born with a birth defect that could be easily corrected if you only had the money, but you don't. Enter Operation Smile

Listen to these statistics:   more than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life. That's where they come in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided free surgeries to children around the world. As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world and with a presence in over 60 countries, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year and, today, more than 160,000 girls and boys have a new chance at a new life because of our work. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?

Here's just one story of how Operation Smile helped change a  life and a future!
Meet John.

(Before)              ( After) 
John Maina was a street child from Thika, a town near to Nairobi, where an Operation Smile medical mission was taking place.
John was accompanied by Duncan, Githaiga, a café owner who had befriended John and gave him food. When Duncan heard that Operation Smile would be in Nairobi, he closed his café, found John, and brought him to see the Operation Smile team. 
John looked terrified because he did not know what to expect. Duncan explained that John couldn’t speak very well because he had never been to school, having lived his life on the streets.
John was accepted for surgery and while he was being treated, an Operation Smile volunteer spoke with Duncan and told him if he could find a school for John to attend, she would make sure his education was paid for. John returned to the mission site a year later, now speaking English and staying with Duncan on his school breaks.

Life changing!! To be able to look at himself in the mirror and notice his eyes, not his disfigured mouth. To look at himself and feel happy, not repulsed. We have the power to do that just by giving out of our overflow. Amazing! Humbling! And definitely needed. 

Campus Book Rentals is an online company that rents college textbooks. A great alternative to the prohibitive costs of buying 'em! The best part about this company is that for EVERY book rented they will donate a portion of those proceeds to Operation Smile. Won't you join them in meeting their goal of 1,ooo life changing surgeries in 2011?
Go check them out.....Campus Book Rentals and make a difference, one surgery at a time.