" A smile is felt the world over." Little did I know how profound and true these words would be for me. Two weeks ago in a hospital in Nicaragua, families returned to the place where they first met the very compassionate people of Operation Smile. Seven months prior, these loving parents placed their little ones into the skillful hands of the medical staff hoping severe cleft palate deformities could be transformed. They carried the wish of every parent, that their sons and daughters would be able to finally laugh and smile. Such a simple act that means so very much! For over 25 years, Operation Smile has made a lasting difference in 51 countries. All involved are so committed to changing the world, "one smile at a time."
I had the incredible opportunity of capturing this follow-up with a master photographer, Marc Asher. Marc was able to focus the camera, play with stuffed animals and connect with the families on a heart level all at the same time! Being able to focus on these smiling faces was one of the best experiences I have ever had.
In order to honor the confidential nature involved, I am only sharing a short video from the marketplace and two pictures I took while traveling about which conveyed the strength and beauty of the Nicaraguan people.