From Anita Stangl:
"For those who know me, you know my passion for helping children in underserved countries, particularly those born with cleft lip & palate.
1 in 10 children with this very treatable condition are killed at birth in many places, and those who survive suffer many health issues, mental and emotional trauma, as well as ridicule and abandonment.
The organization I helped found 16 years ago, Alliance for Smiles, provides free and comprehensive cleft lip & palate surgeries for these children, provides advanced education and training for health professionals in their communities, and builds treatment centers to ensure local teams have the capacity to address the needs of the children and community sustainably.
At this time of crisis, I need your help in sustaining Alliance for Smiles, both to accomplish its mission now and for the need that will exist after the COVID-19. While this health crisis is happening, we've had to postpone missions and cancel our fundraising gala, but we are using the time to develop education and training programs that can be provided virtually, utilizing telemedicine, and creating courses to help people in underserved countries address their health needs. We are also fundraising to keep the organization alive and preparing to resume missions as soon as possible.
Can you help me raise funds for this effort, even in this time of crisis? I'm asking you to help right now.
Thank you and best wishes for your health & happiness,
Co-Founder & Special Advisor, Alliance for Smiles"