Just two months ago in February, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity hosted a journey to Cap Haitien, Haiti, where four of their celebrity supporters were on hand to see their local programs in action – supported by their in-country Haitian partner doctors at Justinian University Hospital. During the visit Miss USA Olivia Jordan, Karrueche Tran, Quincy Brown and Kristen Taekman had the opportunity to learn more about the organization’s sustainable model and meet some of Smile Train’s local partners who are on the ground helping cleft patients 365 days a year. In addition, they were able to see Smile Train’s local surgeons perform life-changing cleft surgeries firsthand and how the Power of a Smile changes lives.
Founded in 1999, Smile Train has provided over one million free cleft surgeries and brand new smiles to families who are less fortunate. Smile Train empowers local surgeons in their own communities to help children, focusing on sustainability and continued care. With a network of over 2,100 surgeons in 85+ countries, the organization is able to provide a surgery every 5 minutes.
“It was such an honor to have participated in Smile Train’s uplifting journey to see their local programs in Haiti. Being able to be a part of a life-changing moment in someone’s life is an unforgettable experience and I commend Smile Train on all the work they do for those in need around the world.” – Karrueche Tran
“While visiting Haiti, I got to see the great work Smile Train does firsthand. It’s easy to forget that a smile is so much more than a physical feature. To the children Smile Train helps, a smile is a second chance at life.” – Quincy Brown
“A smile is the greatest power that anyone can have. Visiting Haiti was such a rewarding journey. To see the joy in the family’s eyes after their child had cleft repair surgery just touched my heart. I am proud to be an ambassador for Smile Train and to continue to help children born with cleft lip and palate, giving these children and their families’ new smiles and new lives.” – Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan
“Smiles are so much more powerful and important than we may realize. We often take it for granted, since for most of us, it requires so little effort. For many children, though, it’s not that simple. During my recent visit to Haiti, I was able to see firsthand how Smile Train changes lives one smile at a time.” – Kristen Taekman