Cleft and Burn repair in Pakistan

$1,460 of $37,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 21 months
Bruce Byers
on behalf of Shahid Aziz

We Repair Lives With Simple Surgery.

The surgery we do is often simple, but it improves the quality of life for these children many fold. A congenital cleft can reduce the nutrition a child consumes. And because of the surgery they will be able get an education, a job and be part of society, instead of being shunned. Burn victims we work with can be given a greater range of mobility and less chronic pain.

Most Bengali's and Pakistanis with cleft deformities are from the more rural areas of the nation. Many don't even know that clefts can be repaired; those who do are often unable to access or afford care. Smile Bangladesh is dedicated to providing free care for these individuals by supporting volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses who travel to rural and urban areas of Bangladesh and Pakistan to repair facial clefts.

In addition, Smile Bangladesh and Smile Pakistan train local doctors to properly care for these children after our mission has ended.

Who we are.

Smile Pakistan working with Smile Bangladesh.

The doctors of Smile Bangladesh are Shahid R. Aziz, DMD, MD, FACS, Sam T. Rhee, MD, Evonne Greenidge, MD and Jose M. Marchena, DMD, MD. They are veterans of surgical trips to Bangladesh and will form the core of training doctors and advisors for the pioneering Smile Pakistan missions.  Smile Bangladesh is a 501c3 nonprofit.  Through GoFundMe all donations will be deposited with Smile Bangladesh.  Your donations will be tax deductable.

What you can do to help right now.

We are asking for your assistance to fund our first Cleft and Burn trip to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. We just returned from a research trip to Pakistan and have great plans for the next mission. A full-scale mission is planned for March of 2018. 

We will take a team of Smile Bangladesh doctors and nurses into Islamabad, where we have a team of people already identifying patients who need our help. Local hospitals are graciously donating the space needed by our doctors in ORs and recovery rooms.  

Each mission requires about $35,000. During the research and mission, images and video will be created by a  professional photographer and videographer, for fund raising and website development to increase awareness. We plan to continue missions, so building a following is part of our plan.

Donations will be used for supplies needed, housing and food for the team while on the mission.  Aslo, as the story is very important, part of the donations will be used to document the work of these great mission.

We just have to get there.


Bruce Byers
Research Coordinator and Photography Consultant
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Here is a short story about one of the children we hope to help. Please donate and pass it on.

thank you

Bruce and Zamir
A short story about one of the children
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We are back from a great research trip to Pakistan. The country and people are wonderful and the children really need our help. We visited many places and we feel we have a great plan for our first trip which we will announce after we work the final details out with our team of doctors from Smile Bangladesh. Every turn was another adventure where we learned more and more about the culture and the need.

The hospital we visited we very open to have us do a mission there. They are very interested in learning how they can help their children. Developing a good working and teach relationship has always been our goal.

here are just a few of the children and people in need of your help.

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$1,460 of $37,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 21 months
Created February 28, 2017
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17 months ago
Nessma Salama
17 months ago

Thank you for this

Alexandra Clark
18 months ago

Thank you for doing such valuable work.

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