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“Life with a cleft deformity is not just difficult; it sometimes becomes unbearable”- was what a young woman of 26 years who came for reconstructive surgery to Mission Smile once told us. Otherwise born normal as other ‘normal children’ , the gap in the mouth claims a stake in the lives and dignity of children unfortunate to be born with a cleft deformity, leaving them deprived of educational, social and livelihood opportunities. Fractured lives, emotional isolation and socially unproductive is how they would generally end up. But Indian Oil Corporation levelled the playing ground for two hundred and five such children and young adults through our Guwahati Centre during the ‘IndianOil Months’ that were observed in the Centre. The ‘February – March 2016 IndianOil Months at GC4’ which we observed made clear two facts: first, the ‘evolution’ of Mission Smile’s symbiotic relationship with donors to a point where a corporate house or a PSU comes forward to take up the funding responsibility of our program for some time, in this case for two months by Indian Oil, to help a less fortunate section of society. Secondly, it proved that PSUs like IndianOil take their social responsibility with utmost sincerity and seriousness. This was evident in the stringent processes that was followed while selecting their partners (in this case, Mission Smile)  to implement their corporate social responsibility. Going through the process itself provided us with valuable learning. IndianOil Corporation is an oil-giant, a Maharatna company of the Government of India, the largest profit making oil and gas company in India with businesses spread over several countries in the world. Mission Smile is a relatively young charitable organization dedicated to providing free and quality cleft care to people in need of cleft treatment. The coming together of these two organisations has brought transformations into the lives of two hundred patients. These are not two hundred patients only but two hundred families whose lives were darkened by the cloud of cleft proving right the adage that “You can do things I cannot. I can do things you cannot. But together we can do many wonderful things”.