Miles for Smiles creates awareness and raises funds for Operation Smile* who facilitate corrective surgery on children born with cleft lip and palates. For these children, a relatively quick, simple operation results in a life-changing smile. We strive to ensure that every child with a cleft lip or palate has access to this level of surgical care.

*Operation Smile is a non-profit organisation that provides free corrective cleft lip or cleft palate surgeries to (mostly) children in need across the world.

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It takes roughly 45 minutes
per surgery

One in 10 of children born with a cleft will die before their first birthday

One in every 1000 babies in Africa is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate

A cleft lip or cleft palate operation and follow up care costs approx. R5500

Approximately one in every 1000 babies in African is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. One in 10 children born with a cleft will die before their first birthday. Those that survive struggle with speech difficulties, are often malnourished and are frequently ostracised because of their appearance.