When Lady came to Global Smile Foundation in Guayaquil in 2015, she didn’t know that our founders and volunteers have more than 30 years of experience in providing expert cleft care around the world. She didn’t understand the donations, support, and resources it took to bring the team to her country.
At just 9 years old, what Lady did understand is that she looked different than other people. She knew that other children her age didn’t want to play with her and that some adults wouldn’t look at her. In fact, when she met our volunteers on the first day of the mission, she wouldn’t even look at herself.
Receiving care from the Global Smile team changed that for Lady. She met people who welcomed her with love and care, and was given new confidence and hope thanks to people like you, the donors and supporters who make the work of Global Smile Foundation possible.
Today, at the age of 13, Lady isn’t afraid to look in the mirror! Everyone can see the smile that lights up her eyes.
You can give other children, like Lady, hope for a new life and let them light up the world with their smiles.