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Journey to Odisha, India

LWB’s work in India to date has been primarily in the medical field, helping with rural medical care and partnering with Mission Smile for cleft surgeries. Our hope for many years has been to expand LWB’s foster care model from China, Cambodia, and Uganda to help orphaned children in India as well. While it’s difficult to get an exact count on the number of orphaned children in India, a number frequently cited is between 20 and 25 million. Less than 1% of those children will ever find a permanent home, leaving countless numbers to spend their entire childhoods in crowded institutions. We would love to do our small part to help change that, as we believe every child born deserves to be raised in a caring family.

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Working to Change Lives in India With Mission Smile: A Weekend of Surgeries

This weekend was a whirlwind! On Saturday, the Mission Smile team completed 27 surgeries, and on Sunday they did an additional 28. Twenty doctors, including eight surgeons, eight anesthesiologists, and four pediatricians, are part of the Mission Smile team healing cleft-affected people this week. Each person volunteered to travel to Kolkata, and except for being housed and fed, are working from sunup to sundown for free.

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Working to Change Lives in India with Mission Smile: Intake Day

When the Mission Smile team arrived at the South Eastern Railway Central Hospital in Kolkata, the gathering of children and families was amazing. Throughout Intake Day, the staff screened 179 patients and ultimately selected 100 for surgery. Virtually all of the 79 patients not selected had medical challenges that made surgery impossible at this time; however, Mission Smile is committed to helping them soon.

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Working to Change Lives In India With Mission Smile

We are so honored and proud to be partnering with Mission Smile for their 100th medical mission in India. To celebrate, Mission Smile is performing 100 cleft repair surgeries in Kolkata this week, from March 15-20.

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