Exactly a year back in August 2015, Himalaya joined hands with 'Smile Train India' to initiate project 'Muskaan'. The earnest initiative of 'Muskaan' began with the objective of crafting a perfect smile on the faces of millions of underprivileged children. The first step was to collect a contribution of INR 2 from every lip care product sold. The second step is that'Muskaan'provides high quality, safe and totally free corrective surgeries to underprivileged beneficiaries with cleft lip and palate defects at 'Smile Train India' Partner hospitals in Bangalore, Siliguri and Amritsar. Since its inception, 'Muskaan' has impacted several lives and have committed to 100 surgeries in its initial year.

Success stories are the to an initiatives achievement. Let's relive those stories here:

Kalpana and Parimal were looking forward to the birth of their second child. When the doctors told them that they had been blessed with a boy, they were thrilled but when they saw Shubojit, they were stunned.

With a monthly income of a meagre Rs.5000 per month, they barely managed to make ends meet. The thought of treatment for their son was far-fetched and they gave up hope. But fate had other plans.During a visit to a health clinic, they came to know about 'Muskaan' at Siliguri. They took Shubojit to Anandloke Hospital and were thrilled to learn that he would get a safe, quality surgery free of cost.

Today, Shubojit's irresistible smile made him a favourite with the neighbourhood aunties and children. Kalpana and Parimal look forward to a bright future for their child. Thank you 'Muskaan by Himalaya'!

ANUSHREE GETS A BLEMISH LESS SMILE

Birth of a girl child is a subdued occasion in many Indian homes, but the birth of a girl with a defect, that too on her face is a horror. When Sankar Sarkar's wife gave birth to a girl with a cleft lip, it became a topic of much discussion in their village, Jalpaiguri. The couple put up a straight face and got used to the taunts and professed sympathy of neighbours as they were unaware that this could be corrected. They began to accept and anticipate a difficult life for their daughter.

Sankar saw an advertisement of project 'Muskaan' at Anandloke Hospital, Siliguri and decided to take the four hour journey.

He was relieved to learn that Aushree could not only be treated but also her surgery and other expenses would be free of cost. Today, Anushree has a blemish less smile and is well accepted in her village. Sankar is grateful that Anushree looks normal like other children and wants to give her a good education. Thank you 'Muskaan by Himalaya'!

MADHIA'S SMILE IS THE APPLE OF HER MOTHER'S EYE

When Ayesha Khatoon gave birth to Madiha, she and her husband Jameel were shocked to see their daughter. Her mother in law refused to hold Madiha and cursed Ayesha for giving birth to such a baby. Even the neighbours would taunt her. Ayesha was devastated and could not sleep at night. She would keep crying and worried about her daughter's future.

Jameel is a tailor and even though they knew that a surgery could correct Madiha's cleft, they could not afford this surgery. But things were about to change.

One of their relatives told them about project 'Muskaan' at Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Hospital where Madiha's cleft could be corrected, that too completely free. Ayesha and Jameel took Madiha to the hospital and once they met the doctors and other cleft patients, they were relieved and reassured that they had come to the right place. Madiha got her surgery and her life transformed in just 45 minutes.

Today, Madiha is her grandmother's darling and always found in her lap. A simple surgery helped Madiha get the love of her grandmother. Ayesha want Madiha to become a 'cleft doctor' when she grows up and help many more children.Thank you 'Muskaan by Himalaya'!

These three stories surely put a smile on every face. Project 'Muskaan' has successfully given hope to those who didn't see a silver lining at all. A second chance to the little ones and a pretty smile is our dream. Let's carve a 'Muskaan' on every face that needs it and deserves it.

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