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Meet the children at the heart of Kylie's charity project

Kylie Jenner's charitable donations have helped children born with sometimes-fatal cleft palates receive life-saving surgeries that keep them from being malnourished. 

Cleft palates are caused by complications during a child's fetal development stages and if they are not treated, they can lead to difficulty breathing, eating, and speaking, as well as hearing loss.

And some children who are born in communities where deformities are viewed as taboo are even shunned because of them. 

A routine surgery can fix a child's cleft palate and allow them to engage in regular activities, but many children in developing countries do not have access to it.

Last October, 20-year-old reality TV star Jenner decided to raise funds for these children by donating proceeds from her famous make-up kit to Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft palate surgeries for free. 

And the children that the organization has helped have been more widely accepted into their communities and they have excelled socially and academically since their operations.

Kylie Jenner has supported a charity called Smile Train, which provides free cleft palate surgeries to children in low-income communities who would not be able to afford them otherwise. She is pictured here in Peru with one child, Mia, that the organization helped in May 2016

Kylie Jenner has supported a charity called Smile Train, which provides free cleft palate surgeries to children in low-income communities who would not be able to afford them otherwise. She is pictured here in Peru with one child, Mia, that the organization helped in May 2016

'MIRACLE CHILD' BORN 24 YEARS AFTER HER PARENTS STARTED TRYING TO CONCEIVE SUFFERS CLEFT LIP

Aasmi's parents learned that their child would be born with a cleft lip when her mother, Vaishali Kadam, was still pregnant with her. Vaishali was worried that her daughter would never look like other children

Aasmi's parents learned that their child would be born with a cleft lip when her mother, Vaishali Kadam, was still pregnant with her. Vaishali was worried that her daughter would never look like other children

Vaishali Kadam, who lives in Ratnagiri-Khed, India, struggled to conceive for 24 years before finally becoming pregnant with a 'miracle child' last year.

But Vaishali learned at a prenatal screening that her daughter would be born with cleft lip.

Because of societal pressures, Vaishali and her husband were encouraged to abort their child so she would not shame her family.

They refused. Despite her cleft lip, Aasmi was born otherwise healthy. 

Vaishali, concerned about the cost of a cleft palate surgery and the availability of experienced doctors, said that she feared there would be no way to treat her daughter.

Surgeries to treat cleft palates typically cost about $5,000 at the least.

But a surgeon, Dr Mahesh Prabhu, approached her family and said that he could operate on Aasmi for free.

But Vaishali came into contact with a surgeon who had performed thousands of cleft palate operations and she became convinced that there was hope for her daughter. Pictured left to right: Aasmi's father, Aasmi, Dr Mahesh Prabhu, Vaishali Kadam

But Vaishali came into contact with a surgeon who had performed thousands of cleft palate operations and she became convinced that there was hope for her daughter. Pictured left to right: Aasmi's father, Aasmi, Dr Mahesh Prabhu, Vaishali Kadam

Dr Prabhu had already performed more than 2,500 cleft palate surgeries.

Six months later he corrected Aasmi's lip.  

'She looked so beautiful,' Vaishali said. 'All of the people who turned their backs on Aasmi can't get enough of her now.'

GIRL LIVED WITH CLEFT PALATE FOR YEARS BEFORE LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY MOTIVATES HER TO EXCEL IN SCHOOL

Neha (right) spent years with a cleft palate in her hometown of Hapur, India. Her peers ignored her because of it, and she faced severe health effects, including difficulty eating and talking. Since her cleft palate surgery, though, she has been more social and she has risen to the top of her class. She is pictured here with her mother

Neha (right) spent years with a cleft palate in her hometown of Hapur, India. Her peers ignored her because of it, and she faced severe health effects, including difficulty eating and talking. Since her cleft palate surgery, though, she has been more social and she has risen to the top of her class. She is pictured here with her mother

Neha (center) is pictured here with her family. When she was born, her parents were not able to afford a cleft palate surgery for their daughter. But because of an organization called Smile Train - which Kylie Jenner partners with - Neha was able to receive the surgery for free

Neha (center) is pictured here with her family. When she was born, her parents were not able to afford a cleft palate surgery for their daughter. But because of an organization called Smile Train - which Kylie Jenner partners with - Neha was able to receive the surgery for free

HOW ARE CLEFT PALATES FIXED? 

Health effects of cleft lips and palates include malnutrition, hearing loss, difficulty breathing and talking and dental complications. The birth defects can be fixed with a routine surgery, which many children in developing countries do not have access to. Pictured is a diagram of a child's progress after they undergo a cleft palate operation

 How surgery can cure cleft palates

Cleft palates are common, affecting

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