From May 31 to June 3, the beautiful Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain will travel to Kenya alongside Julia Morley, Miss World Chair and the founder of Beauty with a Purpose ambassador program, to visit local programs for Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.
In 2014, Miss World Kenya Idah Nguma teamed up with Smile Train Africa to help raise awareness for children born with clefts and to increase the number of cleft patients brought to Smile Train’s partner hospitals across Kenya. Through this collaboration, Idah has been a great advocate for Smile Train and with her involvement in the Beauty with a Purpose ambassador program, Idah set the ambitious goal to see that every baby born with a cleft in rural Kenya receives treatment.
Joined by 47 Miss World Kenya country representatives, Idah has been spreading the word about cleft treatment, visiting patient homes and working with local communities to mobilize and recruit patients for surgery at Smile Train’s partner hospitals, with the goal of increasing the number of patients receiving treatment in Kenya.
The 23-year- old pharmacy student, Mireia, will also be awarding Idah with a one million Kenya shillings prize whilst in Kenya, to benefit Smile Train. Since 2014, Smile Train has treated over 1,000 patients in Kenya.
Across the African continent, Smile Train currently works with 223 partner surgeons and 204 partner hospitals. Since inception, Smile Train’s Africa partners have performed more than 74,000 cleft surgeries in 35 countries. East Africa currently represents approximately 40 percent of all Smile Train cleft surgeries in Africa.