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Achari (Petch) Kambhu Na Ayudhaya



Achari (Petch) Kambhu Na Ayudhaya

Student Volunteer: Achari (Petch) Kambhu Na Ayudhaya
School: NIST International School
Mission: Nakorn Ratchasima province, 2012


NIST's Smile group is a service group focused on raising money and awareness about the Operation Smile Organization. Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that helps fund for cleft lip and palate surgeries all around the world. NIST works with the organization, here in Thailand. This year NIST's smile group has planned for two fundraising events, one in the first half of the year and the other in the second half.

Earlier this school year, smile club students went on smile missions in Ubon Ratchathani and another one in Nakhonratchasima, where we visited the patients, pre and post operation. It was both life changing and eye opening for all of us to be able to see the children and to be able to talk to their families about their life and situation. For the mission, we also had a soft toy and mirror drive to bring to the kids.

What we found out from the mission was that, the cause for cleft lips/ cleft palates are still pretty much unknown. There is no research department for cleft lips/ cleft palates in Thailand and so all the fundraising that we do, goes to paying for surgeries and further treatments for patients.

 

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/images/student_story_1_2.jpgOn the 19th to 23rd of November we organized smile week where we raised over 30,000 baht from a variety of small fundraising activities.

Other events we have planned for this year are more missions in which smile students can participate in. We are also planning for a 'Smile Run'. This run will be sometime in January/ February and will be an inter-school event. Schools interested include BPS, ISB, RIS, Harrow and Matthayom Watnairong School.

Our goal this year is to increase awareness among NIST students about the situation and hopefully have the entire NIST community involved in helping increase the number of missions Operation Smile, Thailand, can organize per year. We feel that in order for there to be effective prevention, people need to know what caused the problem and so we would also like to find a way to help fund for research going into finding the cause for cleft lips and cleft palates.



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