We are passionately committed to transforming the lives of children affected by facial abnormalities and severe burns through the best possible surgical and psychological care.
We help children live a life inspired by confidence and possibility, no matter their circumstances.
Once upon a time
There was a girl that suffered from a rare medical condition causing facial nerve paralysis. Her mother sought help from our Chief Patron, the late honorable Nelson Mandela, who made a call that would help secure surgery for the young child as well as countless other children to come. His belief that the future of our nation is in the hands of our children has and continues to be a driving motivation for the Smile Foundation. Since then, the Smile Foundation has helped over 5400 disadvantaged children with facial abnormalities, such as Cleft Lip and Palate, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis) and burns, receive corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery. We are currently based in 13 of South Africa’s leading hospitals where we invest in development programs and purchase much needed medical equipment. With the compassion and support of our benefactors and teams of medical staff, we can sprinkle a little bit of magic into the lives of these children and give them a future full of joy.
Help children suffering from burns and facial abnormalities.
Give the gift of a smile through one of our CSI Programmes. With your collaboration, kindness and grace, you and your organisation could be the reason a child is able to beam from ear to ear. PBO 930 030 006 NPO 063/498
DONATE A GIFT PACKAGE
Make donation today and see what a difference you can make in a child life.
DONATE TO A FUNDRAISER
Choose from a list of our fundraisers that contribute to our mission in transforming the lives of children affected by facial abnormalities and burns.
CREATE A FUNDRAISER
Whether you choose to get outside of your comfort zone or to raise funds with a passion project or hobby, you’ll be helping to make a difference in the lives of children in need and their families while connecting with your friends, family and the wider community.
Joining Smile Foundation as a Legacy Partner is one of the most powerful actions you can take to help the most vulnerable in our society. A legacy commitment is an investment in transparent, sustainable work that will transform children’s lives.
Whether you designate a specific amount or leave a percentage of your estate, your Legacy gift will empower Smile Foundation’s important work.
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There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, and those behind U Matter know this better than anyone. U Matter is a parent and peer support group for burn survivors in South Africa. Using storytelling as a healing tool, we aim to create positive experiences that build self-esteem, inspire hope and ignite possibilities among burn survivors and their families.
Cleft Friends is the only organisation in South Africa made up of parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate. Speaking from experience, they encourage new parents to celebrate their babies and seek help from the medical professionals available through Smile Foundation.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Our volunteers are amazing people who provide essential support in our programmes and events throughout South Africa and of course you’ll be playing a vital role in helping children live a life inspired by confidence and possibility Help give children a better future, no matter their circumstances. Become a Smile Foundation volunteer today.