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Miss Universe Haiti Raquel Pelissier Hosts Private Press Briefing and Welcomes Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere to Haiti

On April 30th, Miss Universe Haiti Raquel Pelissier will host a private press briefing at the Hotel Habitation Jouissant in Cap-Haitien on Sunday, April 30 at 7pm as she welcomes Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere to Haiti for the first time. Both Miss Universe and Miss Universe Runner up will be discussing their new partnership with Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.

While in Haiti,  Iris Mittenaere will be visiting Smile Train’s local partners to learn more about the organization’s sustainable model and to meet with some of the doctors who are on the ground helping cleft patients 365 days a year.

This visit is part of a larger partnership between Smile Train and The Miss Universe Organization, since January 2016, to provide opportunities for the reigning Miss Universe, international and state title holders to get involved with Smile Train’s global initiatives in the 85+ countries where the charity has helped children born with cleft lips and/or palates.

The press briefing is not open to the public, to attend please RSVP to Nijha Diggs at ndiggs@smiletrain.org.

Smile Train-Journey to Cap Haitien, Haiti


About Smile Train

Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to the single, solvable problem of cleft lip and palate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. For more information please visit www.smiletrain.org.

About Miss Universe Organization

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, the title holders are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss Universe’s official cause to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS education and prevention around the world, please visit: www.missuniverse.com.

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