August 25, 2016

Tetley and Tata Trusts announce partnership with Smile Train

The partnership will help thousands of children affected by cleft lip and palate smile for the very first time

London: Tetley, from the house of Tata Global Beverages, and Tata Trusts are together contributing $1 million to Smile Train to enable corrective surgeries for children with cleft lip and cleft palate. Over 170,000 children in the developing world are born with cleft lip and/or palate each year, and most cannot afford the surgery and face social isolation. They cannot speak or eat properly and in some circumstances aren’t allowed to attend school. Cleft repair surgery, however, is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to cleft care. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100 percent free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.

Tetley and Tata Trusts are together contributing $1 million to Smile Train to enable corrective surgeries for children with cleft lip and cleft palate

"Smile Train is extremely proud to partner with Tetley and Tata Trusts. This important partnership will help provide new smiles and the opportunity for new lives for 4,000 children with clefts. As we expand our efforts in the developing world and build capacity through our sustainable model; we look forward to continuing to change the world one smile at a time with the invaluable support from this partnership,” said Susannah Schaefer, CEO, Smile Train.

A cup of tea can make you smile and Tetley believes Smile Train's partnership symbolizes the brand's philosophy of 'spreading moments of warmth.' This initiative is an opportunity for Tetley to give back to the community and help bring a smile to many. Tetley will further build on this milestone partnership through a global digital campaign called, the 'Tetley Smile Challenge' to help raise awareness among consumers about Smile Train and invite their participation. A smile has transformative power and that's the core idea the digital campaign will amplify. The campaign which launches in September uses innovative facial recognition software to digitally capture consumers' smiles as they view humorous and engaging video content.

Ajoy Misra, MD and CEO of Tata Global Beverages, said, “Tata Global Beverages’ vision is to create magical beverage moments and a smile on a child’s face is certainly magical. We are very happy to be partnering with Smile Train on this initiative. Tetley is Tata Global Beverages’ largest brand and through this partnership, we hope to positively impact many thousands of children and bring alive the Tetley brand’s philosophy of spreading moments of warmth. For 175 years, the Tetley brand has brought many smiles to our consumers and with this partnership, we now have the opportunity to take it beyond the consumer and create positive community impact as well. ”

It is a well-documented fact that cleft lip and palate is one of the key causes of malnutrition among children. Addressing the severity of malnutrition in India has been one of the priority areas for Tata Trusts. In efforts to combat and alleviate malnutrition in all its forms, Tata Trusts have adopted a multi-pronged approach through its innovative programmes to drive impactful and sustainable change. 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. 

Speaking on behalf of Tata Trusts, R Venkataramanan, managing trustee, 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.”