A letter from The Smile Train Co-Founder and President

Less than 48 hours after the Oscars triumph of Smile Pinki, the documentary set in India that tells the story of a little girl with a cleft whose life is transformed by surgery funded by The Smile Train, we received this note from a delighted Brian Mullaney, Co-Founder and President of the charity. It tells

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Smile Pinki wins Oscar glory…

Incredible. Just incredible. As I write, in the early hours of the morning London time, Smile Pinki has just won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary at the 2009 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The true story of a young Indian girl with a cleft lip and palate, directed by American filmmaker Megan Mylan, beat

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“They all call me Pinki now”

It could be a big night for India at the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday evening. While most eyes will be on Slumdog Millionaire’s bid for the Best Picture Award, a few hours earlier a less celebrated but perhaps more important film, also┬áset in India, will have its own chance of glory. I’m talking

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Mirroring despair – then joy

It’s sometimes easy to grow weary of charities, weary of giving. All of us are blitzed from all sides with requests for donations to countless good causes. Maybe some of you feel that way about The Smile Train, the cleft charity which we and others in travel retail have so championed over the past two

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Reflections of a cleft child

News that a documentary, set in India, and dedicated to The Smile Train, has been nominated for a Hollywood Oscar is just about the biggest boost imaginable for the cleft charity. Smile Pinki is the true story of Pinki and Ghutaru, two young girls in rural India born desperately poor whose cleft lips have made

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