I’m Susie Schaefer, CEO of the world’s largest cleft lip and palate charity. Ask me anything!
Hi Reddit! Today is World Smile Day®, and I’m here to talk about Smile Train and my role as CEO. Smile Train is an international children’s charity that uses a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Unlike other cleft charities that send Western doctors to cleft patients, Smile Train’s “teach a man to fish” approach helps train local doctors in their own countries to perform cleft repairs as a means of sustaining and empowering global communities and economies.
Cleft repair surgery is simple and the transformation is immediate. It can cost as little as $250 and can take as little as 45 minutes. We work in 85+ countries to provide 100%-free surgeries to more than 350 children each and every day. To-date, Smile Train has helped repair more than one million clefts in just 15 short years.
Update: Thanks so much to everyone who joined me for this AMA on World Smile Day! I appreciate your participation. And remember, "When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you."