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The agen­cies I worked for were: Smile Train based in New York. It re­cently com­pleted one mil­lion cleft op­er­a­tions world­wide. By July/Au­gust, Smile Train in Africa will have at­tended to 100,000 cleft pa­tients. See smile­train.org for more sto­ries, how to get in­volved or to do­nate. As lit­tle as US$ 250 gets one child an op­er­a­tion. Cleft Kin­der­hilfe in Ger­many (spaltkinder. org) as­sists in cleft lip and palate op­er­a­tions in In­dia, Pak­istan and Kenya. Cleft Kin­der­hilfe has also opted to as­sist in fund­ing the op­er­a­tions that Shirleen (see main story) needs. To­gether with a small foun­da­tion I have es­tab­lished for burns vic­tims, we have ac­tioned five op­er­a­tions which will take place in Keny­atta Na­tional Hos­pi­tal. She will have her lips, hair­line, hand, ear, eye and nose op­er­ated on. It will never fix the un­fix­able. But she’ll be able to write, breathe more eas­ily, hear bet­ter and her lips will look less clown- like.

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