Hyatt City of Dreams Manila and Operation Smile Philippines
Operation Smile is an international NGO that delivers free, safe and effective surgery to children living with cleft lip and cleft palate. Worldwide, we provide access to comprehensive surgical care in more than 30 countries, and every service we offer to our patients (surgery, speech therapy, dental, etc.) is completely free of charge to our patients. We believe that no child should have to suffer from this treatable deformity, no matter their race, religion or socioeconomic status.
In the Philippines, Operation Smile has partnered with Hyatt City of Dreams Manila for the last three years to heal the smiles of children with cleft. In this timeframe, our local partner, Hyatt City of Dreams, Manila, has sponsored more than 20 patients directly to receive surgery. They have also hosted patients and their families for a celebratory party at the Hyatt in Manila, and put on the “Dinner for a Smile” event in 2016 which raised 600,000php for patient surgeries. Dinner for a Smile is scheduled again this year on November 21st.
The Hyatt Community Grant will fund patient mapping within Metro Manila. Through this grant, they will be able to increase outreach efforts by teaming with government municipalities, local healthcare workers and community outlets. Funds will be used for cost of printed materials used for advocacy, transportation and meal costs for patients during surgical missions, and the salary of a full time patient coordinator who will maintain direct contact with the families being served.
Operation Smile is grateful for the continued support of Hyatt as they pursue the dream of healing every child living with cleft!
Learn more about Operation Smile at www.operationsmile.org