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Meet Josue!

Josue was born with a serious cleft palate and was brought to Thousand Smiles at the age of 2-1/2. Surgeons created a treatment plan and over the course of several surgeries in 16 years reworked his mouth, teeth, and nose. Now, at the age of 20, he is ready for a whole new life ahead!  Read More…

Thousand Smiles Foundation provides life-saving surgeries and related health care for FREE to underserved children so that they can eat properly, speak normally, be more accepted in their communities to live normal lives.



Follow the progression of this little girl’s surgeries. Donate now to help Thousand Smiles change her life.

Before Surgery in May 2018

Amara Today

Nov. 5, 2021

After Her First Surgery in August 2018

Amara Today

February 5th, 2022

Amara with Arm Restraints

Amara with arm restraints that will keep her from putting her hands to her mouth, after her second surgery in August.  Watch her progression as she grows and continues to have more improvements.

Amara’s third surgery November 2018

Amara’s 4th surgery

Amara’s 4th surgery Feb. 2, 2019. Taken by Teresa Misenhelter

Amara at 2yrs old

Amara, May 2019
2 years old


Ahley is two years old and has already had 3 surgeries to correct her cleft lip. She will have several more while she is with us to correct problems inside her mouth, straighten her teeth, and will work with a speech pathologist.

Cesar is 25 years old. He has been with us since he was an infant. You can’t really tell that he had a double cleft lip as a baby. He is working and attending college working towards a degree in computer science.

Kayla is 8 year old. She too had a cleft lip. She’s only needed 1 surgery so far, but will receive more dental and orthodontia as she grows. She is an orphan who lives with her grandmother.

Josue is 16 years old, oldest of 3 boys in the family. He came to TSF with a cleft palate/lip as a baby. He has had 6 surgeries to repair the clefts and plastic surgery to reshape his nose. He will continue to be treated until his teeth and nose are as perfect as we can make him.