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The 18th Charity Gala to help 400 Vietnamese children born with facial deformities
The 18th Art Auction & Gala Dinner of Operation Smile Vietnam that was held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 20th 2013 leveraged approximately US$130,000 gross towards provision of 400 free live-changing surgeries to Vietnamese children born with cleft lips and cleft palates. Operation Smile would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the guests, artists, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who each contributed an important part in making last Saturday evening a wonderful night and a great success.
BASKIN ROBBINS VIETNAM - “LIGHTING THE CHILDREN’S SMILES”
On occasion of celebration the first year presenting in Vietnam, the most famous ice-cream Baskin Robbins partners with Operation Smile to organize the campaign “Lighting The Children’s Smiles – Give kids a smile” to aim for fund raising towards provision free surgeries for children born with facial deformities.
From Jan. 5th to Jan 31st, 2013, Baskin Robbins Vietnam will donate VND10,000 for each photo taken in front of the campaign’s banner at their shops, then posted to Facebook of Baskin Robbins Viet Nam http://www.facebook.com/baskinrobbins.vietnam. Besides, at the shops Operation Smile also places donation boxes with some basic information about clefting and people could make donation by themselves. This CSR activity of Baskin Robin Vietnam is a very meaningful action towards community works, especially to Vietnamese children. And all of you are invited to hand on the campaign with Baskin Robbins to light the children’s smiles.
Addresses of Baskin-Robbins’ in Ho Chi Minh City:
1. 424A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., Ward 5, District 3
2. 01 Truong Dinh St., District 1
3. B55 Nguyen Trai St., Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1
4. 308 Nguyen Tri Phuong St., Ward 4, District 10
5. 38 Le Loi St., District 1
6. 4/F Diamond Plaza, District 1
7. 4/F, Crescent Mall, District 7
8. Lotte Cinema, District 7
9. SB05, My Duc, Nguyen DucCanh St., District 7
10. B2-K1 Floor, Vincom A, Dong Khoi St., District 1
11. 51 ThaoDien St., Ward Thao Dien, District 2
12. 357 Le Van Sy St., Ward 1, Tan Binh District
13. 6/FParkson Hung Vuong, District 5
14. 4/F, Pico Mall, Tan Binh District
CÙNG BASKIN ROBBINS THẮP SÁNG NỤ CƯỜI TRẺ THƠ
Nhân dịp kỷ niệm 1 năm có mặt tại Việt Nam, chuỗi cửa hàng kem lớn nhất thế giới Baskin-Robbins đã kết hợp cùng Quỹ từ thiện Operation Smile tổ chức chương trình “Thắp sáng nụ cười trẻ thơ - Give kids a smile”nhằm gây quỹ từ thiện hỗ trợ phẫu thuật cho các em nhỏ bị dị tật bẩm sinh.
Từ ngày 5/1 – 31/1/13, khi đến các cửa hàng thuộc hệ thống kem Baskin-Robbins, với mỗi hành động nhỏ của bạn: chụp hình cùng hình ảnh thông điệp của chương trình và chia sẻ đến cộng đồng Facebook Việt Nam http://www.facebook.com/baskinrobbins.vietnam. Với mỗi tấm hình chia sẻ, Baskin-Robbins sẽ trích từ doanh thu 10.000 VND cho quỹ từ thiện phẫu thuật nụ cười trẻ em Operation Smile. Ngoài ra, tại 14 cửa hàng kem Baskin-Robbins còn có thùng quyên góp để mỗi người có thể giúp đỡ cho các trẻ em nhiều hơn nữa! Đây là một hành động rất có ý nghĩa đối với cộng đồng và đặc biệt đối với trẻ em Việt Nam, các bạn hãy cùng chung tay với Baskin-Robbins “Thắp sáng nụ cười trẻ thơ” nhé!
Địa chỉ các cửa hàng Baskin-Robbinstại TpHCM:
1. 424A Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 5, Quận 3
2. 01 Trương Định, Quận 1
3. B55 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1
4. 308 Nguyễn Tri Phương, Phường 4, Quận 10
5. 38 Lê Lợi, Quận 1
6. Tầng 4, Diamond Plaza, Quận 1
7. Tầng 4, Crescent Mall, Quận 7
8. Lotte Cinema, Quận 7
9. SB05, Mỹ Đức, Nguyễn Đức Cảnh, Quận 7
10. Tầng B2-K1, Vincom A, Đồng khởi, Quận 1
11. 51 Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền, Quận 2
12. 357 Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 1, Quận Tân Bình
13. Tầng 6 Parkson Hùng Vương, Q5
14. Tầng 4, Pico Mall, Quận Tân Bình
Koolkid and Operation Smile Vietnam Host a Christmas Fair for Children in Hanoi, Vietnam
On December 22, Koolkid My Dinh Preschool and Operation Smile Vietnam will team up to host a free Christmas Fair for the local area of Hanoi. At the event, children will learn the importance of giving through the creation of special gifts that will involve arts and craft projects as well as baking delicious cupcakes for friends and families.
Koolkid is an International Preschool Curriculum preschool aiming to raise early childhood education in the Hanoi area. As a way of giving back to the community, Koolkid has joined with Operation Smile Vietnam, an organization dedicated to providing free treatment to children and adults suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates. About 1 in 500 children is born with a facial deformity which may cause a multitude of health issues such as difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems.
At the event, every child will be given two coupons to exchange for gifts. Parents may also buy additional coupons for their children if they would like to bring more gifts home for the family. All of the proceeds from the coupons will be donated to Operation Smile Vietnam to aid in their effort in changing the lives of children with facial deformities.
Registration is currently open and seats are limited. If interested in attending, please visit http://koolkid.vn/koolkid-christmas-fair/ or call 01687 546 614 to reserve your seat.
For more information about Operation Smile Vietnam, please visit http://www.operationsmile.org.vn.
Koolkid và Tổ chức Phẫu thuật Nụ cười Việt Nam phối hợp tổ chức Hội chợ Giáng sinh cho trẻ em tại Hà Nội, Việt Nam
Vào ngày 22 tháng 12, Trường mầm non Koolkid Mỹ Đình và Tổ chức Phẫu thuật Nụ cười Việt Nam cùng phối hợp tổ chức Hội chợ Giáng sinh miễn phí tại Hà Nội. Đến với sự kiện, trẻ sẽ hiểu ý nghĩa của việc cho đi bằng cách tự làm ra những món quà đặc biệt qua những dự án nghệ thuật thủ công bằng giấy hoặc nướng những chiếc bánh thơm lừng cho gia đình và bè bạn.
Koolkid là một thành viên của IPC Hoa Kỳ, hoạt động nhằm mục đích nâng cao tiêu chuẩn giáo dục mầm non tại Hà Nội. Trong khuôn khổ các hoạt động vì cộng đồng của mình, Koolkid phối hợp với Tổ chức Phẫu thuật Nụ cười Việt Nam, một tổ chức phi chính phủ chữa trị miễn phí cho trẻ em và người lớn bị các tật sứt môi và hở hàm ếch. Cứ 1 trên 500 trẻ ra đời với dị tật hàm mặt và vì vậy phải chịu đựng những vấn đề sức khỏe như khó thở, uống, ăn và nói. Đây cũng là nguyên nhân khiến nhiều trẻ bị suy dinh dưỡng hay trở thành nạn nhân của các vấn đề sức khỏe hoặc tâm lý.
Đến sự kiện, mỗi trẻ sẽ được tặng 2 coupons để đổi quà. Cha mẹ trẻ cũng có thể mua thêm coupons cho trẻ nếu muốn mang thêm quà về cho cả gia đình. Toàn bộ số tiền thu được từ Hội chợ sẽ được dành tặng cho Tổ chức Phẫu thuật Nụ cười để giúp tổ chức này trong nỗ lực thay đổi cuộc sống của các trẻ em bị dị tật hàm mặt.
Sự kiện đã mở đăng ký và số chỗ có hạn. Nếu muốn tham gia, mời ghé thăm trang http://koolkid.vn/vi/koolkid-christmas-fair/ hoặc gọi số 01687 546 614 để giữ chỗ của bạn.
Để có thêm thông tin về Tổ chức Phẫu thuật Nụ cười Việt Nam, mời ghé thăm http://www.operationsmile.org.vn.
The 17th Operation Smile Vietnam Charity Art Auction and Gala Dinner
Operation Smile Vietnam would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the guests, artists, sponsors, supporters and volunteers, who each contributed an important part in making last Saturday evening a wonderful night and a great success. The 17th Charity Art Auction and Gala Dinner in Hanoi will help heal another 250 smiles of Vietnamese children and change their lives forever!
The 16th Operation Smile Vietnam Gala Dinner and Charity Auction
I am very happy to share with you that our 16th Gala Dinner and Charity Art Auction was successfully organized in Ho Chi Minh city last Saturday with an amazing result. After the night we have raised 150,000 USD. Contribute to this success, is the effort of all artists, sponsors, volunteers and also Operation Smile Vietnam Team. Therefore we would like to send our gratitude to all the supporters by putting this thank you note on our website.
Megastar Cineplex and Operation Smile Vietnam Bring Smiles to Vietnamese Children
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 21, 2012) In its commitment to give back to the communities that it serves, MegaStar Cineplex — Vietnam’s leading entertainment destination — is proud to extend its partnership with Operation Smile Vietnam. After a period of test collaboration in its Hanoi locations, which received hearty supports from customers, MegaStar resolved to implement a long-term partnership with this international organization. Starting from International Children’s Day on June 1st, 2012, Operation Smile Vietnam donation boxes will be installed at all MegaStar Cineplex locations nationwide. This new and convenient method makes it easier for movie fans to contribute and directly advance the lives of Vietnamese children.
Operation Smile Vietnam is part of a worldwide organization with the mission to mobilize charitable resources and conduct free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for thousands of children each year. Approximately 1 in every 500 Vietnamese babies is born with a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate. A simple 45-minute and $250surgery can change a child’s life forever. This latest venture builds on MegaStar Cineplex’s community outreach programs aimed at children.
In addition to its social programs, MegaStar also contributes to the development of the Vietnamese film industry with projects such as the Yxine Film Festival and the 48-hour Film Project Vietnam.
For more information on MegaStar's corporate social responsibility programs, please visit:
For more information on Operation Smile Vietnam, please visit:
The 15th Art Auction and Gala Dinner in Hanoi
Operation Smile Vietnam hosted the 15th Art Auction and Gala Dinner in Hanoi on Saturday, November 5th 2011 at InterContinental Hanoi Westlake. Approximately 250 guests attended the black-tie event, raising some US$100,000 towards the costs of providing corrective facial surgeries for Vietnamese children with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. We would like to send our sincerely thanks to all sponsor of this wonderful event, who are listed below:
The 15th Art Auction and Gala Dinner in Hanoi Pictures
Vietnam Airlines Supported to Bring Vietnamese Students to the Inspiring Operation Smile Student Conference in Beijing, China
Thanks to the support of Vietnam Airlines, nearly 20 students from Vietnam had a chance to travel to Beijing August 1-7 for Operation Smile’s 20th annual student conference to learn firsthand how to enhance their knowledge of global cultures, strengthen their character, and develop into future philanthropic leaders.
This is the first time that Vietnam has sent participants to Operation Smile Student leadership conference. With the special promotion tickets provided by Vietnam Airlines, students from Vietnam are able to join one of the largest international student conferences ever and heard from a dynamic group of speakers from around the world - from athletes, philanthropists, to inspiring young leaders, and even martial arts superstar and long-time Operation Smile supporter, actor Jackie Chan.
They also created service projects to send on Operation Smile medical missions and got to know other students passionate about Operation Smile’s cause through team games.
This year’s conference also exposed students to all the rich culture and history China has to offer. Students traveled to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and even climbed the Great Wall of China. There are 800 students from 23 countries in the world joined the student culture exchange conference, make it become the biggest Operation Smile conference.
As the conference has come to a close, one thing is clear for all the Vietnamese students who attended - “Now is the Time” to make a difference in the lives of children worldwide who are still waiting for their chance to smile.
Amway Vietnam to bring more smiles to disfigured children
Following the successful partnership with Operation Smile Vietnam for the period of 2008 - 2010, Amway Vietnam has signed another three-year partnership agreement with Operation Smile with a contribution of US$105,000 to fund corrective facial surgeries to Vietnamese children who born with facial deformities through the provision of 6 missions during the period of 2011 - 2013.
Mr. How Kam Chiong, General Director of Amway Vietnam said: “Children are our future, and we are glad to have the opportunity to join Operation Smile Vietnam in providing life changing surgeries for the disadvantaged children. As a responsible corporate citizen with a long-term vision of helping people live better lives, we are committed to sharing with the local community, especially the children”.
The partnership is part of Amway’s global campaign for children One by One to support the disadvantaged children and in line with “The Journey for Smiles and Hope” of Operation Smile in Vietnam.
The Face Shop Vietnam to raise US$10,000 for Operation Smile
Within the “Asia Tour with Kim Hyun Joong” in Vietnam, the actor who also is ambassador of The Face Shop visited Vietnam between August 10 - 12, 2011 and participated the Fan Signing Event to raise fund for Operation Smile Vietnam. Three life-size portraits of himself with his hand-writing signature and a T-shirt were successfully auctioned by more than 3,000 fans. US$10,000 raised in the campaign “Children Smiles” and during the event was donated to Operation Smile to provide surgeries for around 40 children in 2011.
Operation Smile partners with Invida
Operation Smile is proud to announce partnership with Indiva – the distributor of scar reduction product DermatixTM. According to the agreement, Invida will provide Operation Smile 500 sample tubes of DermatixTM for usage in its missions till end of 2011. Furthermore, they grant a fund for the organization to conduct surgical treatment for 20 Vietnamese children who born with facial cleft lips and cleft palates.
U.S Consulate in HCMC makes donation to Operation Smile Vietnam
The U.S. Consulate General donated $2,500 to Operation Smile Vietnam on Wednesday July 27th to continue the organization’s work of providing free corrective facial surgeries to around 3,000 Vietnamese born each year with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities. The Consul General Mr. An Le and some other members of the Consulate also gave a warm visit to the patients who were receiving surgeries during the week 25 - 29 July 2011.
Understanding Heart Organization announces partnership with Operation Smile
Understanding Heart Charity Organization (Hieu Ve Trai Tim) held a Gala Dinner in Hanoi on July 15th, 2011 to publically announce its newly opened office in Hanoi, and to recognize generous hearts from individuals/corporate who had been supporting them during the years. At the event, the representative of Hieu Ve Trai Tim announced its partnership with Operation Smile with US$5,000 presented to the organization for provision of corrective treatment for children born with facial deformities. The mission will be taken place in Hanoi in October 2011 with participation of Hieu Ve Trai Tim’s employees as non-medical volunteers. Other partnership activities shall be carried-out then by both parties to further transform lives to these children.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake to join Operation Smile to help the children
Operation Smile Vietnam and InterContinental Hanoi Westlake has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to raise awareness amongst the community about social corporate activity, especially to children of Vietnam suffering from cleft lips/ palate and facial deformities; then enable to generate funds in provision of corrective facial surgery for the disfigured children of Operation Smile Vietnam during the 2011 – 2012 period.
Within the agreement’s objective, the prestigious Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake has been partners with Operation Smile for past years and feels strongly to develop a sustainable partnership moving forward. Therefore the initiative to run a fist charitable program to provide to the community general context in the nation and their responsibilities to help the children. Particularly, all valued guests and residences of the hotel are encouraged to place their generous donation in a donation box during their stay to benefit the life changing surgeries for these Vietnamese children of Operation Smile.
“The Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake is extremely pleased to join Operation Smile Vietnam’s efforts in supporting these children in the hope that we will be able to raise stronger awareness about social responsibilities and community services. By working together, we also hope to demonstrate the message of involvement will create changes and make this world a better place for us” said Mr. William Lau – General Manager
While supporting the effort to raise awareness and collect funds, from 13th to 16th June 2011, employees of the Hotel will also be participating in a surgical mission as volunteers to help patients and support the medical volunteers with additional logistics. It is estimated that 80 patients will receive treatment during this mission.
More information about InterContinental, please visit www.intercontinental.com and www.intercontinentalvideo.com.
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Free surgeries for children with clefts in Hue
From May 9 to 13, 2011, with the sponsorship the Asia – Pacific Securities Joint Stock Company (APEC Securities), Operation Smile Vietnam partners with Hue Hospital for Odonto - Stomatology to provide free medical check-up and surgeries for children born with cleft lip and palate deformities coming from the central provinces in Vietnam.
The surgical mission is taken place in the Hospital located at No. 83 Nguyen Hue Street, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province with following schedule:
Monday, 9/5/2011: Screening and medical testing From 10 to 13/5/2011: Surgical Operation
This is the first time the APEC Securities has joined Operation Smile mission, offering life changing surgeries to children with cleft lips and palates in the country. The contribution of VND 60,000,000 (sixty million dong) to Operation Smile was made possible due to the fund-raising efforts initiated by the Trade Union of Company. Beside the sponsorship, the employees of APEC Securities in Hue will be participating in the mission as volunteers.
Each surgery takes about 45 - 60 minutes. To ensure safe operation and health for patients, cleft lip surgery is only allowed for children at least 6 months with 8kg of weight; whereas cleft palate surgery is only allowed for children at least 18 months with 12kg of weight. Children suffering from malnutrition, high fever, asthma cough, heart attack, diabetes and some other special diseases will not be treated.
For more information about APEC Securities, please visit: www.apec.com.vn.
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Sika to help under-privileged children of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – April 2011, Sika Vietnam has generously announced a sponsorship of US$100,000 to support Operation Smile Vietnam in the provision of corrective facial surgery for children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate deformities at five Mission sites throughout 2011.
This is the second year that Sika Vietnam has joined Operation Smile Vietnam to heal children’s smiles and bring them new lives and a new future. In 2010 Sika’s support made significant changes to the lives of more than 500 children from around Vietnam who underwent cleft lip and cleft palate surgery thanks to their donation. The 2010 Missions took place in Hanoi, HCMC, Dak Nong, Ba Ria and Ha Tinh provinces. In addition to the financial support, a number of dedicated Sika employees participated in these missions as volunteers to assist the teams with logistics work and experience life changing surgeries.
“We are very proud to support Operation Smile to help under-privileged Vietnamese children. We do hope that our contribution will not only help heal a child, but heal a family, a village but also an entire country” – said Ms. Yumi Kan – General Manager of Sika Vietnam.
“In developing countries like ours, one of 500 new borns suffers from facial deformities and every year, Vietnam has an estimated 3,000 new patients born with cleft lips and/or palate deformities” – Mr. Nguyen Viet Phuong, Region Director Asia & Chief Representative of Operation Smile in Vietnam said. “With generous support from different donors like Sika, to date Operation Smile Vietnam has provided surgeries to over 17,000 patients and supported thousands of families across the country. We can’t thank them enough for joining us to change lives, one smile at a time.”
With more than 20 years of experiences in providing free reconstructive surgeries to children in Vietnam, in 2011, the organization aims to provide free corrective facial surgeries to as many as 2,000 of the estimated 3,000 newborn children with facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates.
The prestigious Sika sponsored missions will be taken place in Hai Phong, Hanoi, Nghe An and HCMC. It is estimated that 400 patients shall receive treatment during these missions.
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Operation Smile Vietnam Art Auction and Gala
The Sofitel Plaza Hanoi was the venue for another hugely successful fund-raising Art Auction hosted by Operation Smile Vietnam in Hanoi on Saturday 5th May 2011. Over 200 guests attended the black-tie event, raising some US$92,800 towards the costs of providing corrective facial surgery for Vietnamese children with cleft lip or cleft palate deformities. Many thanks to the sponsors of this wonderful event, who are listed below.”
Miss Grand Slam Asia' Pledges Support for Operation Smile Vietnam
It is our honor to announce that Miss Huong Giang, newly appointed Miss Grand Slam Asia, honored as "The most beautiful woman in Asia," has chosen Operation Smile Vietnam as the charity she will support throughout her year in the role.
At a special award ceremony held at the Park Hyatt Saigon on July 30, Ms. Giang voiced her admiration for the work being done to help children with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities through Operation Smile Vietnam, and pledged to do all she could to raise both awareness and funds while working as Miss Grand Slam Asia.
Ms. Giang was also appointed an official Youth Ambassador for Operation Smile Vietnam and has participated on a medical mission where she saw firsthand the tranformative work of Operation Smile.
Operation Smile Vietnam Hosts 12th Annual Gala Dinner
The 12th Annual Gala Dinner and Art Auction held May 22, 2010, was another outstanding success for the fundraising efforts of Operation Smile Vietnam, with over 300 guests attending the elegant event at the prestigious Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Rob Blain, CEO Asia Pacific, CB Richard Ellis, once again stepped to the podium to act as auctioneer and his skillful encouragement of the crowd resulted in main auction bids totaling US$85,000 - enough funding to sponsor 575 children for cleft lip or cleft palate surgery.
With a net income in the region of US$125,000 from sponsorship, silent and main auction bids and raffle ticket sales, Operation Smile Vietnam achieved its goal of raising funds to provide surgery for more children in 2011, provide additional training to medical volunteers, and continue to improve the services it offers through the establishment of more Comprehensive Care Centers, most notably the new facility at the almost-completed Department of Odonto-Stomatology in Ho Chi Minh City.
A special thanks to the main sponsors for the event, P/S, a division of Unilever Vietnam and Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam Limited, as well as the Silver Sponsors, Phoenix Voyages.
Operation Smile partner with Westcoast International Dental Clinic
Westcoast International is a group of International dental clinics in Vietnam. Since their opening in June 2009, for each visit to their clinic, a minimum of 1USD from each payment is donated towards the Operation Smile Program. They also contributed in other initiatives to support Operation Smile in their activities in Vietnam.
For more information, please visit www.westcoastinternational.com
Sofitel Palace Hosts Second Annual Swing For Smiles Golf Tournament
Dalat’s leading hotel, the Sofitel Palace hosted the Second Annual Swing For Smiles Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner on Saturday 28th November 2009.
26 players from all walks of life joined in a Stapleford Competition on a beautiful clear afternoon at the Dalat Palace Golf Club with the aim of helping to raise both awareness and funds on behalf of Operation Smile Vietnam. At a sumptuous gala dinner held in the Ballroom of the Dalat Palace Hotel that evening, it was announced that US$3,000 had been raised by attendees at the tournament and gala dinner, enabling 20 children to undergo corrective facial surgery in 2010. "This event provides the opportunity to help those less fortunate children of Vietnam in our communities to face the world with a smile,” said Tony Chisholm, General Manager of Sofitel Dalat Palace.
A Journey of Miracles Commemorates the 20 Anniversary of Operation Smile Vietnam
More than 7,000 Children Receive Free Medical and Dental Treatment during the largest charitable medical program in the history of Operation Smile Vietnam and the Region.
It is also humbling for all of us here in Vietnam to take the opportunity to thank all of you for making this to be the largest charitable medical mission ever of the organization in Vietnam and around the region. We would not be able to get this done this without you.
In just 10 days, at 16 simultaneous mission sites across the country include the neighbored city Pakse, Laos, our team of almost 1,000 international and local health care professionals and volunteers were working side by side to deliver 868 life changing surgeries and 6,601 dental treatments to Vietnamese children and families who desperately need them.
While we have accomplished a great deal on this journey, there remains much work to be done. Friends, volunteers and supporters are the reason we are able to meet the needs of impoverished children and continue our new chapter of life in Vietnam in the future. We consider the Journey of Miracles as a milestone of our achievement and as our commitment to work harder towards a better health care system for the people of the country.
THE FUTURE here is awaiting ahead and the successes of our 20th year anniversary are making us feel energetic and committed than ever before. We will continue developing our recent contacts, working with our recent donors, spreading the words of our work further to the community, implementing our recent projects across the country, training more volunteers, identifying and exploring further opportunities to collaborate closely with the Vietnamese government and partners around the region… all for another unique opportunity… to graciously invite all you to continue cherishing and enjoying such moments with us in the near future. Our growth and successes would definitely not be possible without your inspiration and support.
Operation Smile Vietnam
20 Years of Smiles – A Journey of Miracles
To commemorate 20 years of providing new smiles, Operation Smile and Operation Smile Vietnam will launch “20 Years of Smiles – A Journey of Miracles.” From November 4-16, Operation Smile will hold 16 simultaneous medical missions providing dental treatment and reconstructive surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates or other craniofacial anomalies. These missions will provide free surgeries and treatment for an estimated 3,000 Vietnamese.
To learn more about our 20th Anniversary celebrations please visit, www.operationsmile.org/vietnam-20th-anniversary.
Operation Smile Vietnam Black-Tie Gala and Art Auction
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – On May 23, Operation Smile Vietnam held its 11th annual art auction at the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City. The black-tie dinner and art auction was attended by 320 guests, a record number, who helped raise more than $100,000 for Operation Smile Vietnam’s programs.
Rob Blain, Chairman and CEO of CB Richard Ellis Asia Pacific, donated his time and talent to serve as auctioneer for the event. The painting “Market in Bac Ha,” by Helene Kling, went for the highest bid of the evening. It sold for $10,000 and was purchased by Unilever Vietnam, the event's gold sponsor.
“It is really gratifying to see so many people come out and support this event in these difficult times,” said Ken Atkinson, Chairman of the Board, Operation Smile Vietnam. “The spirit of giving is well and truly alive in Ho Chi Minh City, and we are truly grateful for this wonderful result.”
One of the evening’s most popular guests was Nguyen Pham Cam Ly, a three-year-old girl from Tay Ninh. Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, Ly received surgery to repair her cleft lip during the Ho Chi Minh City medical mission in November 2007. She will be receiving surgery in August 2009 to repair her cleft palate. Little Ly and her parents were introduced on stage by Mai Phuong Thuy, Miss Vietnam 2006, who is also Operation Smile Vietnam’s Youth Ambassador.
Also during the event, Sue McKinney, one of the founding board members of Operation Smile Vietnam, received special recognition for her nine years service to the organization before retiring from the Board of Directors.
Saigon Halong Hotel Helps Vietnamese Children Smile
For every room booked during the month of September 2008, the Saigon Halong Hotel will generously donate $2 USD to Operation Smile Vietnam.
The Saigon Halong Hotel is an International four-star hotel in Halong Bay, a beautiful World Heritage Site located 180 km outside of Hanoi.
This is the Saigon Halong Hotel’s first initiative with Operation Smile Vietnam and the hotel would like to expand the program throughout the rest of hotel’s group. To visit the hotel online, please go to www.saigonhalonghotel.com.
Circle of Friends Supports Operation Smile Vietnam
Circle of Friends is an organization set up by a group of passionate and responsible young people that aims to help disadvantaged people and better the community. Founded in 2006 with only 6 core participants, Circle of Friends today boasts over 100 members.
Circle of Friends have supported Operation Smile Vietnam with various fundraising activities and their cash donations went towards the success of the Medical Missions in Vietnam during the World Journey of Smiles in November 2007.
Their valued contribution continues in 2008, as the Circle of Friends hold an event called ‘The Painting Circle’ in July. The exhibition will showcase paintings by people of different ethnic backgrounds that live in Vietnam and will open in Hanoi on July 23 2008. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of artwork will be donated to Operation Smile Vietnam. In addition, one of the artworks will be donated to Operation Smile Vietnam for its annual charity art auction. To find out more about Circle of Friends, visit www.vongtaybeban.info.
Operation Smile Mission in Hue, Vietnam
Imagine traveling a great distance to an Operation Smile Mission in Hue, Vietnam hoping that your daughter will have surgery so that she can now live a typical life; that of a little girl with a bright smile. Imagine that you are then offered the chance to have the same surgery to repair the cleft lip that matches your daughters cleft lip.
It is hard to imagine. Yet, this is what took place and the gifted Vietnamese surgeon Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong made it happen. Pictured here is the father and Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong just prior to his surgery.
On behalf of the father and his entire family, he wishes to express his deepest appreciation to Operation Smile and to Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong. He said he will never forget the kindness shown to him and to his daughter. He said that the lives of his entire family will be changed forever.
It has been very gratifying and moving for me to be a “spectator” to this miraculous event. This is one of the many beautiful moments we are sharing here in Viet Nam. And I would like to thank all of you who support Operation Smile. Without your support, these miracles in far away lands would not exist.
Thanks also to Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong, I know my life has been enriched because I have had the honor of working with you. “Cam On.” (Thank you in Vietnamese)
Viettel Telecom Sponsors 100 Smiles
Viettel is one of the leading telecommunication companies in Vietnam, which has a focus on community development. Viettel is sponsoring two of Operation Smile Vietnam’s Local Medical Missions in Hanoi in July 2008. Approximately 100 children suffering from cleft lips and/or cleft palates will benefit from Viettel’s sponsorship. Most of the patients will be from Bac Giang, Nam Dinh and Tuyen Quang province.
DHL Express Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary by Sponsoring 20 Smiles
DHL Vietnam has donated $2000 USD and in doing so has given 20 Vietnamese children suffering from facial deformities a chance to live a normal life. This generous donation was in honor of DHL Expresses 20th Anniversary in June 27th 2008.
Operation Smile Joins U.S. Navy Ship And Brings Smiles To Children In Vietnam
On June 24, Operation Smile joined the United States Navy’s hospital ship, USNS Mercy, during its summer 2008 humanitarian civic assistance deployment. The USNS Mercy Mission, Pacific Partnership 2008, provided humanitarian services to four countries in Southeast Asia including Vietnam.
The second stop for the Pacific Partnership USNS Mercy Mission was in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Ninety-nine children suffering with cleft lips and/or cleft palates received free reconstructive surgery.
The team of 54 medical volunteers worked in collaboration with the Navy medical team at General Hospital of Khanh Hoa Province and provided free physical examinations to 121 children born with facial deformities. Operation Smile’s medical team, made up primarily of volunteers from Vietnam also included team members from Brazil, England, Laos, Singapore, Spain and the United States. The team worked with Navy personnel to conduct three days of surgery aboard the ship and treated 91 patients.
At the conclusion of the Nha Trang mission, Vice Admiral Doug Crowder, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, said, “It is wonderful to actual see what great work our forces have done in the field and the smiles on the faces of the mothers who are bringing their children. The dental facilities and the work that Operation Smile and others are doing is just tremendous. I’m awful proud of this entire medical team.”
Cindy McCain Joins Operation Smile Medical Mission in Vietnam
On June 19 Operation Smile Board of Directors member - and wife of presidential hopeful Senator John McCain - Cindy McCain joined Operation Smile’s Medical Mission in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Operation Smile’s volunteer Medical team worked at General Hospital of Khanh Hoa Province and provided free physical examinations to 121 children born with facial deformities.
McCain toured the hospital accompanied by Operation Smile Chief Medical Officer Dr. Randy Sherman and Operation Smile Vietnam Medical Director Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong. McCain met patients and families and interacted with Operation Smile volunteers.
Operation Smile’s Medical team, made up primarily of volunteers provided by Operation Smile Vietnam, worked with Navy personnel to conduct four days of surgery aboard the United States Navy’s hospital ship USNS Mercy.
McCain said, “When you see a child anywhere, say a child that doesn’t have food or a child with a cleft palate who’s been kept in a back room because the family is embarrassed or whatever it may be, it takes you back to really what’s basic and what’s really important.”
McCain has been involved with Operation Smile since 2001 and this was the fifth Operation Smile Medical Mission she has visited. McCain is a dedicated and active volunteer with a truly personal connection to Operation Smile. In 1993, Senator John and Cindy McCain adopted a child born with a cleft lip and cleft palate from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh and as a result have a sincere belief in the organization’s work. Bridget was successfully treated in the U.S. and today is 16 years old.
An Evening of Smiles” Art Auction & Gala Dinner
In May 2008, Operation Smile Vietnam held its 8th annual Art Auction in Ho Chi Minh City “An Evening of Smiles” at the Park Hyatt Saigon. Sponsors of the event were Unilever Vietnam, Theodore Alexander, Phoenix Voyages Ltd. and Atlas Industries. The event raised an amazing US$119,422.
“An Evening of Smiles” began with a welcome cocktail reception and a silent art auction. Guests enjoyed a gala dinner and were shown a moving video that showcased the work of Operation Smile Vietnam. The highlight of the evening was a live art auction of contemporary Vietnamese and European art.
Renowned auctioneer Mr. Rob Blain, who began his career auctioneering cattle, set the tone for the evening with his usual charisma and energy. Blain donated his time to the first art auction in HCMC in 2003 and has done every one since, as well as participating in charity auctions in Phnom Penh and Hong Kong.
Artists who have consistently contributed their artworks to the event over the years include Huynh Van Phat, Pham Luc, Do Duy Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Tam, Ton That Bang and French artist Helen Kling.
Dental Educational School Programs
The Dental Educational School Program has been a successful Operation Smile Vietnam program for the past three years. The program is run by volunteer students at UNIS Hanoi. The students are trained by professional dentists who donate their time. These students in turn teach children at orphanages and elementary schools, mostly providing their services voluntarily on weekends. The training covers dental problems, brushing and hygiene as well as general knowledge on how to take care of your teeth and gums properly.
In April 2008 the same program started in HCMC with volunteer students from Saigon South International School (SSIS). Then in May & June 2008, the Dental education volunteer team went to SOS and Long Hoa orphanage in HCMC to provide the educational sessions.
This community service has been a great success in teaching the importance of healthy teeth and gums to the Vietnamese youth of today.
Manulife Vietnam Sponsors the 39th International Mission of Operation Smile in Vung Tau City
Manulife Vietnam proudly donated US$10,000 for Operation Smile Vietnam’s 39th Medical Mission. The Medical Mission provided free surgery for 200 Vietnamese children and young adults born with facial deformities.
For three consecutive years Manulife Vietnam has made a significant contribution to the funding of these important Medical Missions. The first donation of US$10,000 supported the Operation Smile Medicla Mission in Can Tho Province in April 2001; the second donation of US$17,750 was made to Ho Chi Minh City’s Mission in December 2002. In addition to the financial support offered, a number of dedicated Manulife Vietnam staff and agents have joined these Missions as volunteers to assist the teams with logistics work.
“We are very proud of the contribution made by our employees to this extraordinary noble Mission,” said David Matthews, General Manager, Manulife Vietnam. “Together with the highly specialized Medical team, more than 25 staff and agents of Manulife Vietnam have given their time to make a difference to the children.”
Masks by Unilever Vietnam Spread Smiles
Unilever Vietnam, a long time supporters of Operation Smile Vietnam, launched an ongoing Friends of Operation Smile Vietnam program called ‘Smile Mask’ in November 2007.
Facemasks are commonly worn in Vietnam to protect from pollution when riding on motorbikes, as well guarding against contagion from cold or flu. The cleverly designed Unilever mask is white with a blue smile embroidered on the front.
The masks are an initiative of Unilever Vietnam and available for sale for 15,000 Vietnamese Dong each at HSBC front desks and selected supermarkets.
Operation Smile Vietnam Opens First Comprehensive Care Center In Hue
Operation Smile Vietnam opened its first Comprehensive Care Center in March 2007 in collaboration with the Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology of Hue and the Health Service Department of Thua Thien Hue.
The center provides year-round comprehensive care by locally based teams of Operation Smile trained and credentialed Medical professionals in the fields of plastic surgery, dentistry, pediatrics and speech pathology. The center also provides psychosocial services to patients and their families. The center will enable Operation Smile Vietnam to continue to develop its craniofacial and Microsurgery programs and will provide education and training to Medical professionals in Thua Thien Hue and neighboring provinces. This is the first of three centers planned for Vietnam; the others will be located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
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