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 5363 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 17 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.