Operation Smile Mission in Kenya
Operation Smile initiative has been active in Kenya since 1987, and have provided free surgery to over 8,000 Kenyan children who suffer from cleft lip and cleft palate deformities, through free medical missions scheduled every year. The organization faces the challenge of extending its self-sufficiency by establishing sustainable revenue streams. Additionally, their mission to reduce backlog in Western and Nyanza regions.
Safaricom Foundation's dedication to transform lives was manifested by a contribution of Kshs. 2 million and Kshs. 1 million for Kisumu and Nairobi missions respectively, which saw 137 patients in Kisumu with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities benefit from free surgeries. Safaricom Foundation also pledged funding for three years at USD 30,000 per year for missions to support the efforts towards achieving self-sufficiency.
This project has restored dignity to the lives of many children by providing them with an opportunity to attend school without shame or social stigma. The now have the ability to express themselves and are able to speak clearly. Furthermore, it has increased the number and size of local missions and ongoing surgery clinics so as to allow Operation Smile Mission In Kenya to continue putting a smile on children's faces.