Smile of the World


In a way this post is dedicated to beauty, in the truest form of the word. In our daily world, we are faced with images perfectly sculptured faces on TVs, women magazines, billboard. We have feelings of insatisfaction of our face feature, non stop comparing with the prettiest faces on the TV commercials.

I came across this article in the newspaper about children with facial deformities (cleft and lip palates)and somebody . In my world of ignorance, I not only manage to be selfishly taken for granted my not-so-perfect facial feature, I also didn’t know that such conditions are serious and actually affects some body’s quality of life.

In developed countries, cleft lift or palate is quite a rare condition because they are corrected within a few months after babies being born.

When not corrected early, it causes problems as breastfeeding and eating solids. In case of cleft palate, it affects speech which in turn leads to low self esteem and learning problems. It is still unknown how the condition happens in the first place.

The Smile Foundation (Yayasan Senyum Bali) was a non profit organisation based in Bali whose aim is to help people with craniofacial disabilities. Most of minor cases hey send patients to Adelaide’s Women and Children to have correction surgeries.

This is just a thought. Maybe there is nothing I can do, I don’t have enough money to donate or to help them in anyway that it actually counts. But at least it is one more thing to thank for and grateful of.

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