Since 2007, Vodacom has been involved with the Smile Foundation, an organisation that serves children with facial conditions. This year, the Vodacom Foundation is supporting the Smile Foundation to operate on children with facial anomalies and is providing 25 children with cranio-facial and cleft surgery at the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein. This is the 10th time the Vodacom Foundation has partnered with the Smile Foundation on a Smile Week.
To date, Vodacom's contribution to the Smile Foundation totals R21 million. The funding has enabled the Smile Foundation to change the lives of more than 500 children with corrective surgery. Babies with cleft lips and/or palates find it difficult to suckle and it has an influence on their speech development. Corrective surgery ensures that the children can develop and grow to their full potential.
During a Vodacom-sponsored Smile Week, Vodacom employees are active participants. They volunteer their time at the hospital to play and read to the little patients. This makes the hospital experience more enjoyable for the patients and their parents.
One of the patients at this year's Smile Week is Oregolele. When she was born, her mother, Matlatsi, was over the moon. Her daughter was perfect in every way. Matlatsi noticed the little girl’s ears looked different. Doctors confirmed she had been born with bilateral constricted ears &n...