Tata Global Beverages and Tata Trusts are partnering Smile Train, an international children’s cleft charity, to raise awareness and extend support for cleft lip, palate repair and comprehensive cleft care.
Tata Global Beverages and Tata Trusts are together contributing $1 million to Smile Train, Tata Global Beverages and Tata Trusts said in a statement.
Tata Global Beverages MD and CEO Ajoy Misra said: “Through this partnership, we hope to positively impact many thousands of children and bring alive Tata Global Beverages’ ethos of giving back to community.”
In India, Tata Global Beverages will further build on this partnership by using its ‘Gaon Chalo’ initiative to spread awareness about cleft lip and palate repair. This will help the initiative reach nearly 60 per cent of the rural population, the statement said.
“We are privileged to partner with Smile Train. The barriers created by untreated cleft lip and palate have major consequences on a child’s health. Through this partnership we hope to play a catalytic role in improving health outcomes,” Tata Trusts Managing Trustee R Venkataramanan said.
Through the partnership with Tata Global Beverages and Smile Train, Tata Trusts aims to shrink the alarming statistics of malnutrition in the country at scale, the statement said.
“This important partnership will help provide new smiles and the opportunity for new lives for 4,000 children with clefts,” Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer said.
Tata Trusts is an philanthropic organisation owning two-third of the stock holding of Tata Sons – the apex company of the Tata group of companies.