600,000+ cleft surgeries, 150+ partner hospitals, an expanding comprehensive cleft care program, and a world class training hub – we have had an exciting two decades!
To celebrate our journey of smiles in India, Smile Train launched a unique initiative – The Smile Torch. Across traditions, light is symbolic of positivity. For us, the Smile Torch is a metaphor for dispelling the darkness of myths, fallacies and social stigma surrounding clefts. The Torch was launched in Varanasi in 2019 on February 8, National Cleft Day, and is travelling across India, symbolically generating awareness about clefts and our work in ameliorating them. The Smile Torch will culminate its journey in Delhi on February 8, 2020, to officially mark 20 years of Smile Train in India!
As we countdown to the New Year, the Smile Torch has been travelling enthusiastically and has lit up smiles in Assam and North-eastern states, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Punjab so far! The events have included smile walks, awareness lectures, flash mobs and fashion shows, rangoli and drawing competitions, screening camps, and media interviews. Several of these have been attended by government dignitaries, celebrities, and partner doctors to show their commitment to our cause. To keep track of the Smile Torch’s journey, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Catch some glimpses here:
Our partner Dr Neela Bhattacharya leading the cleft walk at Siliguri
CM Yogi Adityanath helps raise awareness at Smile Torch Uttar Pradesh
Beautiful smiles at Smile Torch Ranchi
Children at Gorakhpur participate in a drawing competition
Miss India 2019, Vartika Singh, joins a Smile Torch Walkathon at Puducherry
Everyone gets ready for the walkathon at Bengaluru Smile Torch
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan helped us welcome the Smile Torch to Maharashtra
Goodwill Ambassador Harbhajan Singh spreads awareness with the Smile Torch in Amritsar, Punjab