Inception of Help Smile

The idea for such a programme began when Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria was introduced to Sister Julia (Practising General Practioner) in Sheffield. She asked if he could be of help with his plastic surgical expertise in one of the hospitals of the Brahma Kumari’s international spiritual university at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. He was immediately interested and knew that the preparation for a surgical project is as important as the actual implementation of the project itself. He contacted one of the local Indian plastic surgeons (Mr. S Vasa), who had vast training in United Kingdom, to visit and assess the feasibility and appraise the local setup. After a positive feedback from him the first project was planned. The groundwork was undertaken by an ENT surgeon Mr. S Mehta, working in Mount Abu, supervised by Mr. Vasa.

Aims of the cleft project:

  • Treatment: Provision of direct care to cleft patients.
  • Teaching and training: Provision of educational training to local
  • Population of doctors, nurses and paramedical personnel
  • Long term follow up
  • Research
  • Promotion of self reliance and establishment of local team.

The link below is the trust deed of the charity. HELP SMILE TRUST is registered with UK Charity Commission under Reg. No. 1137156.