How we give back a smile:
How we train a surgeon:
“Nothing can adequately describe the look on the face of a child who has been operated on and has rediscovered their face, looking in the mirror after the procedure. I have seen Doctors cry with emotion. This is why I joined Emergenza Sorrisi’s campaign. Because restoring a child’s smile is the same as restoring the world’s smile and the future.”
FRANCO DI MARE, JOURNALIST
17 years old, Benin
“I grew up in a village near to the city of Cotonou. My life was difficult because I was born with an abnormality of the mouth. Nobody wanted to get close to me, how I looked made people afraid and even my own family thought I was cursed.
“Many years ago I had the sensation of being taken by the hand: Emergenza Sorrisi chose me to be the Iraqi Co-Ordinator of the co-operative project in Nassiriya, I worked through a period of training and on my professional growth too. I followed courses in Italy and Iraq.
5 years old, Iraq
“Mohamed is my son, he was healthy before our house caught fire and his body became covered in burns. He suffered a lot, I prayed that his suffering would come to an end. His body was covered in scars, burns, and he had difficulty moving.