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Salesian College Students Lend a Hand to Operation Smile in Siliguri

By Chanchal Agarwal
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Kolkata, May. 29. Operation Smile, the largest worldwide humanitarian NGO dedicated to providing treatment to children born with clefts organized a free camp in Kejriwal Stone Clinic & Kidney Care Centre, Siliguri, from 16-22 May, 2013.
The Salesian College Siliguri Campus students were provided opportunity to volunteer in the camp, and Mr. Pawan Prasad, Head of Dept. of Commerce and Mr. Sandeep Singh, Head of Dept. of Management selected a team of 15 students from both the Departments under the supervision of Chanchal Agarwal, President of Student Council.

The volunteer team which reported punctually at 8.00 AM on 16th May were instructed by Miss Archana Sharma, Member Operation Smile, about their duties, and were made to appreciate Operation Smile's motto ''No Indian child in any community should have to live with a facial deformity that is correctable.''

The team members were assigned to various counters like the Registration, Photo Documentation, Screening and Blood test. They also helped as interpreters between the members and doctors of the NGO who were from different parts of the world, and the local patients. The work which began at 8.00 am on the first day finished only at 6.00 pm with around 90 children being registered.

Surgeries were started on the second day onwards, and the student volunteers were always there to help with all the requirements as and when needed.

On the last day the volunteers were all given certificates and T-shirts of ''Operaiton Smile'' as a mark of appreciation. The Doctors and the NGO members were also very expressive in their gratitude to the students for their generous help. Some of the students commented about the impact made by the doctors and the NGO, having witnessed for themselves the compassionate and life-changing work they were doing. One of them said, ''We had a great experience and learning through this camp and we felt very good after having had a chance to be part of it.''
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