Dear Future Smile Volunteers,
As we were searching for a special way to deliver our good wishes to you for this holiday season and the coming year, we realized that mere words and expressions always come up short when we attempt to fully encapsulate our emotions within them. In this very special time where physical contact is limited, please accept our very best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Future Smile International Foundation.
Despite the influence of COVID-19, Future Smile International Foundation had a busy and successful 2020, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers, who gave their time and resources selflessly. In the past year, Future Smile organized four medical missions in Nanchang, Zunyi, Kaili, and Dali. We were able to screen 317 patients, and our medical professionals provided 152 life‑changing cleft surgeries, once again impressing us with their selfless professional work ethic, grit, and compassion. We saw tremendous progress in our volunteering initiatives with more than 77 volunteers accumulating over 2,691 work hours in Smile missions. Moreover, Future Smile missions continued beyond the completion of cleft surgeries in hospitals. Our speech therapists have provided 103 hours of free online speech therapy sessions for cleft palate patients post-operation since March.
2020 has been a tough year for all. Disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic extended to everyone. The disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. Many charities, groups, and organizations have worked tirelessly to contribute to global healthcare installations, bringing the world together with those who have been most severely affected by the pandemic. Future Smile took action, too.
After more than four months of restless battle against COVID-19, Future Smile has set up ways to involve everyone who desires to contribute to this fight. By creating public donation platforms, We have raised more than 64 million RMB in funds and material resources. 84.7% of this donation had been used to help more than 250 NPOs.
It takes all of us to win this fight against the coronavirus. While we may have more still to endure, we have no doubt that better days will return. For now, we send our thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.
Future Smile International Foundation
December 24, 2020