It is said that the most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or touched, that they can only be felt with the heart.
"You could see her beauty even behind her cleft lip. The edges of her mouth would curl upward, barely visible behind her tiny hands. She loved to laugh, her giggling belying her circumstances. But there was always a silent sadness in her eyes –too scared to open herself up to the world. She’d been hurt so many times. Teased to the point where she wouldn’t play with other children. She was from a poor family, in a poor village. Her parents brought in barely enough for the family to eat, let alone being able to pay for an expensive operation. Upon hearing that Operation Smile would be visiting their village, her mother broke down in tears. They had waited for this for so long. On the day the operation was performed on her mouth she was given so much more than a new smile.
For the first time, she smiled with her eyes."