Popular actress Ha Ji Won has been appointed the Asian honorary ambassador of the children's charity known as Operation Smile. She is the first Asian female celebrity in this role, as Jackie Chan was the first honorary ambassador for the group.

According to Operation Smile, every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. A child with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday. The international children's medical charity performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries. Since 1982, Operation Smile, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers, has provided 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults. Its operations have reached out to children in 63 countries.

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Although Ha Ji Won is a beautiful and famous actress known for her work in dramas and movies, she has long had a special place in her heart for the needs of children. The actress and her fan club members helped underprivileged and disabled children in cooperation with the Gangnam-gu Family Welfare Center. She donated almost $100,000 to the center's Smile Again project, which provides children with financial, medical, and educational help. She also won the Prime Minister's Award in recognition of her hard work in on behalf of poor and handicapped families.

Ha Ji Won will begin her work as the new honorary ambassador on Nov. 15 in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Operation Smile Vietnam. The charity invites medical personnel from all over the world to the event. Ha Ji Won will take part in the event and participate in fundraising efforts.

Congratulations to Ha Ji Won! Thank you for your kindhearted work.

(photo; vov.vn)