Operation Smile

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Around the world there are hundreds or possibly thousands of non-profit organizations in service. By definition such organizations "exist for educational or charitable reasons... from which its shareholders or trustees do not benefit financially." (www.investorwords.com). This definition encompasses every type of non-profit organization, however all non-profit organizations do not have the same specific goals or purpose. For example, some non-profit organizations may focus on environmental issues while others may have religious or political goals. Another type of non-profit organization is one that dedicates its services to providing health care for those who would not otherwise be able to attain it; one such organization is Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a community based organization dedicated to aiding underprivileged children who suffer from cleft palate, lip, or burn disfigurement by providing reconstructive surgery free of charge.

While Operation Smile's primary goal is to aid individual children who suffer from facial deformities, the organization employs a community-based approach to its efforts. Operation Smile travels to communities in countries across the globe launching missions to help the children of these communities. In 1999 alone Operation Smile performed the largest mission dedicated to surgically correcting cleft lips and palates, the World Journey of Hope, which covered 18 countries and helped 5,000 children in the communities of these countries. (operationsmile.org) Although the World Journey of Hope may have been the largest mission performed by operation smile to date there have also been other specific missions that illustrate Operation Smile's commitment to community based treatment; one such example involves the formation of a surgical clinic in Kenya. This clinic is devoted solely to performing surgeries typical of Operation Smile, which mainly involve...
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