Colombian Exchange Student Dani’s special presentation enlightened us to the great work that her home club, Club Rotario Tulua El Lago, has accomplished for the past 18 years. Coordinated by Dani’s father, who is a local prosthodontist, the club’s flagship program raises thousands of dollars each year to provide comprehensive services for underprivileged children who have cleft lip or cleft palate syndrome.
Dani emotionally described the appalling conditions in which the children live, and she showed us photos of many children who suffered from the disfiguring birth defect. She then lit up as she displayed the “after” photos of the kids who have been helped by the program’s case management, surgery and rehabilitation services. Dani closed out her program with a video from a U.S. youth exchange student who is currently being hosted in Dani’s house in Cauca, Columbia. Together, Rotarians from all over the world are working to “Restore the Smile.” Check out Dani’s home Rotary club at