Miss World finished her trip to Kenya yesterday with a visit to the breath-taking Lake Naivasha before travelling to the AIC Cure Kijabe Hospital to meet more of the Smile Train team.
Waking before dawn, Mireia joined Maria Harfanti (Indonesia) on a boat tour of Lake Naivasha. The duo were thrilled to see an array of exotic animals, including a family of Hippos and a majestic fish eagle which you can see in Mireia’s short video here!
Mireia & Maria entertaining some patients of the hospital
After their early start, the Miss World team travelled to the AIC Kijabe Hospital, another hospital that works with Smile Train, providing voluntary medical assistance in cleft palate surgeries. A partner hospital, they are able to perform $10,000 surgeries at a fraction of the cost, with only the materials used needing to be paid for.
Miss World signing the Kijabe guestbook, with Miss Kenya, Mr Kenya, MW2015 1RU Maria Harfanti & Miss Kenya 2014 & BWAP winner Idah Nguma
During their visit they met patients and doctors, signed the guestbook, and were able to see a baby girl called Christine. Suffering from a cleft palate, her parents had brought her to smile train, and today was the day of her operation. Shortly after arrival, she went into surgery, and the Miss World Team were able to see her and her parents post operation.
Miss World visiting Christine after her operation
Speaking at the hospital, Julia Morley said “I’m really pleased to see Christine. The surgeon has done a good job. The nicest thing of all is to see her parents from South Sudan. They are here as refugees, and it’s really good to know the Kenyan people are taking good care of the refugees.”
Miss World added “It was amazing to see how the faces of both parents have changed. I could see the happiness in their eyes, and now they are beginning a new life, and the baby can have a normal life.”
Miss World are thrilled by the work that Smile Train has done and continue to do in Kenya, and the rest of the world. We hope that the Miss Kenya Organisation has a successful association with the charity, and that together we can all work to bring as many smiles to children’s faces as possible.