Friday, November 11, 2011

RBKIA Students making a difference at Aurangabad - Operation Smile Mission

The  NGO,  OPERATION  SMILE,    conducts  medical  missions from  time  to  time  during  which  surgical  operations  are  conducted  on  children  suffering  with  cleft lips  and  palates. 
Members of school-based OPERATION SMILE clubs often assist the surgeons at these missions.   On October 8th, 9th and 10th 2011 an OPERATION SMILE mission was  conducted  at  Aurangabad  and  students  of  RBKIA  participated  as  representatives  of  the  school’s  newly-formed  Operation Smile Club.

Apeksha Trivady of Grade 10 reports on her experience.

The  Operation  Smile,  local  mission  in  Aurangabad  was  my  first  mission. My friends,  Mansi and Sagar, and I reached Aurangabad in the evening. After checking into the hotel, at dinner, we met everyone in the team. All of them were very welcoming and hospitable and they told us what our schedule would be for the upcoming days.

The next day was that of screening.  When  we  reached  the  venue,  we  saw  so  many  people  waiting.  Some of them had come the night before because they lived far away. I helped photograph the children’s clefts,    take  down  medical  records  and  went  around  to  other  stations like the anesthetists station, the dentists station etc.

We  also  played  with  the  children,  many  of  whom  were  shy  and  hesitant  at  first  but  eventually  joined  the  fun.   I  got  very  attached  to  a  little  girl  named  Vaishnavi who was   there for a reconstruction surgery, an amazing child -very naughty, but very sweet.
The  next    night,  we  helped  put  blood reports  in  the  files  of  children,  and  that was  when  we  saw  the  names  of  the  children  who  were  selected  for  surgery.  I was relieved and happy to see Vaishnavi’s name on the list.

On the day of surgery we started off by playing with children using toys, hats and balls. It was there that I met another child - Manthan - who had a cleft palate.  He  was  very  sweet  and  he  loved  my  camera-  he kept clicking pictures with it.

I was thrilled when the doctors said that we could watch the surgery because I wanted to watch
Manthan’s surgery.  I went in wearing a hospital gown and a mask and a cap and sat through the whole surgery.  I don’t know what to say except that I am glad that I was there and I watched it.
We  also  sat  through  a sixteen  year  old  girl’s surgery  and  held  her  hand.  She was told to
keep  her  hand  on  the  bed  but  she  still  reached out for our hand.  We could not be present for Vaishnavi’s surgery as it was scheduled for the next day and we had to leave the same evening
So  with  a  suitcase  full  of  memories  and  a  heart  full  of  remorse  due  to our  early  departure,  we set off for Mumbai with so  much to tell to people back home.

Ms. Radha Trivady, Kahan Bhankharia, Rachel Madhani, Samantha Fernandes and Apeksha Trivady went to Aurangabad to assist the surgeons at the Operation smile mission.

Team of doctors preparing for the surgery

Surgeon concentrating on their patient

Apeksha and Mobatshira

Apeksha with Kishan

Samantha with Musab Umair

Samantha with Mobatshira - hoping that Mobatshira will smile for her life time.

Kahan helping Vaishnavi to smile with confidence

RBKIA students  - "Happy to help"

Rachel and Samantha with Jayesh who is going to be operated for his beautiful smile.

Apeksha with Manthan

Smiling Manthan

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gift a smile for a life time - Operation Smile

On 1 August 2011, six RBKIA students - Kush Parekh, Luv Parekh, Kahan Bhankharia (IBDP 2), Samantha Fernandez,  Rachel Madhani and Apeksha Trivady (Grade 10) travelled to Beijing, China, to participate in the International Student Cultural Exchange conducted by an NGO-  ‘Operation Smile’. Over seven hundred students attended this conference from 23 different countries of the world. The conference – which was conducted by a team of students - was held to spread intercultural awareness and also to create awareness about the mission and work of ‘Operation Smile’. 

Operation Smile is an organization which facilitates surgeries for children with cleft lips and cleft palates. It also repairs other deformities like burns or unwanted growths. Over 2 lakh children are born with cleft lips and palates every year, often unable to speak, eat, socialize or SMILE. They are shunned by society and humiliated and teased by peers and sometimes disowned by their parents. Naturally most of them cannot go to school either. 

In 1982, Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, both surgeons, went to the Philippines to perform surgeries for people with this deformity and on going there realized that hundreds of people are in need of the surgery. Seeing this, they launched ‘Operation Smile’. The inspirational speakers motivated the students to ‘think big’ and ‘live our dreams’. The participants played games that helped them bond
Inspired by this conference The students now plan to introduce an ‘Operation Smile’ Club in our school. We hope that this club will spread the message of ‘Operation Smile’ to other schools in the city and even the country and that we can inspire our fellow students to make a di­fference in the lives of children who are less fortunate.

Children with cleft lips and cleft palates

Operation Smile measures their success by the joy seen on children’s faces. They are a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.


After surgery: A picture speaks thousands of words.

A perfect smile
Lovely smile
Your effort make so much difference to somebody's life.

What an awesome gift....

Smile and the world will smile with you!

A very big "Thank You"

Note: All images are Google images.