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When Small Miracles Create A Smile!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 14, 2014 by SongaStone


One of those days when something magical happens. For the past nine days, alongside five other young people from across Africa, I have been part of efforts to help one organisation find a way out of its biggest concern. The 10-day event is the first Social Innovation Safari in Kenya. In fact, in Africa.

Operation Smile Mission in Kenya has for the last twenty seven years offered free world-class corrective surgeries to children (and even adults) born with cleft lips and/or pallets. The organisation is keen on being more visible and attracting more funders. Today, my team put our strategy on trial by going to one of the malls in Nairobi armed with attractive messages asking people to smile, and then telling them about O.S. We talked to nearly 100 people.

While we were not there to ask for money but rather to spread the word, one moment made everyone smile. As he drove his shiny SUV past us, he just couldn’t help but do what one of the posters said, SMILE 4 ME. He stopped and asked what was going on. Soon, he was interested. In fact, he wanted to do something. He liked the Facebook page and went ahead to send $300 to the organisation’s mobile money account. That amount is exactly what Operation Smile needs to carry out one surgery.

Our plan was to practically test our strategy but it turned out to deliver a moment that just lit up the entire group towards seeing into it that more is done. Change is alive. Kind people, too. A S/O to the driver of KBP 448A and all the people who spared their evening minutes to listen.

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