Around the world, 200,000 children are born each year with a facial deformity that causes inability to eat, speak, socialise or smile. Since 1982, Operation Smile—through the help of dedicated volunteers and faithful supporters—has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries in over 60 countries.
Since then, the organisation has received various honours and awards for its impact in the field of reconstructive surgical aid, including a letter of commendation from Mother Teresa in 1986 and a special recognition from UNICEF in 2007. Today, Operation Smile deploys hundreds of medical missions up to distant cities within Africa, Asia and South America through the generosity of its numerous donors and sponsors and the support of its Smile Ambassadors, including famous TV personalities like Zachary Levi and Giuliana Rancic, and singers David Pomeranz and Jessica Simpson.
HH Sheikha Al Jazia Bint Saif Al Nahyan, wife of Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has established Operation Smile UAE and commented on this initiative saying, “Through awareness campaigns, medical programs, education symposiums and fund raising activities we will be able to impact the backlog of children suffering from facial deformities in neighbouring countries. We believe that government, universities, medical institutions and the private sector can merge together in the UAE to change the lives of tens of thousands of children. It is through the smile of a child that you can restore hope and faith in a better future. We at Operation Smile UAE are honoured to participate in a campaign with Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island that will change the lives of children with facial deformities. No child, in any community, should have to live with the pain and isolation caused by a correctable facial deformity. Every child deserves a smile.”
Commenting on this partnership, Mr. Patrick Martinez, General Manager of Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island said, “In our endeavour to fully and strongly support this remarkable campaign, we present an opportunity for guests to participate and contribute in this noble cause, through information dissemination and donation drives. Our guests will be able to reach thousands of children in need of surgical services around the globe.”
“Operation Smile believes that a 45-minute procedure can change a child’s life forever. As a company, we as well, believe in nourishing “Treasured Time” that said we are determined to dedicate all efforts to guarantee the success of this partnership,” concluded Martinez.
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