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This month, Meet Every Need.

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Laura of Colombia needed 5 surgeries.
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Leao smiles for the camera.

Leao and his mother, Gabriela, journeyed for days to get to a better life.

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Ephraim was filling gas tanks at work when the kindness of an unnamed gentleman changed his life.

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Four-year-old Clarra and 8-year-old Vololoniana hug teddy bears in child life during an Operation Smile surgical program in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The goal of psychosocial care extends far beyond ensuring a child is prepared for surgery.

We are Operation Smile, providing

more than 40 years of safe cleft care across the world.

Our founders, Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, continue to lead the organization, transforming lives through free cleft surgeries and comprehensive care.

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Photo: Lorenzo Monacelli.

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Jheleen and Andrea, After Surgery

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What is a cleft condition?

A cleft condition is a gap in the mouth that didn't close during the early stages of pregnancy, and this happens more often than you may realize. It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every three minutes with a cleft condition.

Care and Treatment

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Comprehensive care from the start to the end.

As well as life-changing cleft surgery, Operation Smile provides comprehensive cleft care including nutrition dentistry, orthodontics, speech therapy, and psychosocial care.

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Operation Smile resident training program in Rwanda. Photo: Jorgen Hildebrandt.

Timely cleft surgery is essential to a patient's long-term health and well-being.

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Moses, 11 months old, is placed on a scale with recovery room nurse Michael Agbavor during screening as his mom, Aba, observes.

A cleft condition can cause malnourishment. Our nutritional support helps patients grow healthy for surgery.

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Photo: Jasmin Shah.

Dentists provide specialized procedures and create devices that improve patients' surgical results and overall health.

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Orthodontic care is also crucial to a patient's healthy oral development and personal confidence.

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Volunteer psychologist Deisy Chanchay of Ecuador explains cleft surgery to a parent prior to their child entering the operating room. Photo: Lorenzo Monacelli.

Certified psychosocial care providers help patients and families throughout the course of their treatment.

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Speech therapists help patients speak more clearly and teach parents feeding techniques for their babies.

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Operation Smile resident training program in Rwanda. Photo: Jorgen Hildebrandt.

Timely cleft surgery is essential to a patient's long-term health and well-being.

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Moses, 11 months old, is placed on a scale with recovery room nurse Michael Agbavor during screening as his mom, Aba, observes.

A cleft condition can cause malnourishment. Our nutritional support helps patients grow healthy for surgery.

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Photo: Jasmin Shah.

Dentists provide specialized procedures and create devices that improve patients' surgical results and overall health.

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Orthodontic care is also crucial to a patient's healthy oral development and personal confidence.

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Volunteer psychologist Deisy Chanchay of Ecuador explains cleft surgery to a parent prior to their child entering the operating room. Photo: Lorenzo Monacelli.

Certified psychosocial care providers help patients and families throughout the course of their treatment.

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Speech therapists help patients speak more clearly and teach parents feeding techniques for their babies.

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Inspiring Stories

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Claudina helped deliver her granddaughter, Heydi, in the back of a taxi.

But the difficult journey for Heydi was just beginning.

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Maribelis and her son, Pedro, fled their home.

It was in a refugee camp in Colombia where Marbelis found hope and care for Pedro.

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Where We Work

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We are committed to care across the world.

With 6,000 volunteers from around the world, Operation Smile is one of the world's largest volunteer-based nonprofit organizations.

Australia

Operation Smile established a presence in Australia in 1999.

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Bolivia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Bolivia was held in 1999.

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Brazil

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Brazil was held in 1997.

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Canada

Operation Smile established a presence in Canada in 2011.

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China

Operation Smile's first surgical program in China was held in 1991.

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Colombia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Colombia was held in 1988.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Operation Smile's first surgical program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was held in 2009.

Dominican Republic

Operation Smile's first surgical program in the Dominican Republic was held in 2009.

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Ecuador

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Ecuador was held in 1995.

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Egypt

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Egypt was held in 2006.

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Ethiopia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Ethiopia was held in 2005.

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Ghana

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Ghana was held in 2011.

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Guatemala

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Guatemala was held in 2011.

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Haiti

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Haiti was held in 2008.

Honduras

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Honduras was held in 1997.

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India

Operation Smile's first surgical program in India was held in 2002.

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Ireland

Operation Smile established a presence in Ireland in 2004.

Italy

Operation Smile established a presence in Italy in 2000.

Jordan

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Jordan was held in 2000.

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Kenya

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Kenya was held in 1987.

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Madagascar

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Madagascar was held in 2007.

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Malawi

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Malawi was held in 2012.

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Mexico

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Mexico was held in 2006.

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Morocco

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Morocco was held in 1998.

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Mozambique

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Mozambique was held in 2014.

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Myanmar

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Myanmar was held in 2010.

Norway

Operation Smile established a presence in Norway in 2023.

Panama

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Panama was held in 1991.

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Paraguay

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Paraguay was held in 2005.

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Peru

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Peru was held in 1999.

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Philippines

Operation Smile's first surgical program in the Philippines was held in 1982.

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Russia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Russia was held in 1993.

Rwanda

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Rwanda was held in 2010.

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South Africa

Operation Smile's first surgical program in South Africa was held in 2006.

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South Korea

Operation Smile established a presence in South Korea in 2012.

Sweden

Operation Smile established a presence in Sweden in 2010.

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Switzerland

Operation Smile established a presence in Switzerland in 2015.

Thailand

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Thailand was held in 1997.

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United Arab Emirates

Operation Smile established a presence in the United Arab Emirates in 2011.

United Kingdom

Operation Smile established a presence in the United Kingdom in 2001.

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United States

Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee founded Operation Smile in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Venezuela

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Venezuela was held in 1993.

Vietnam

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Vietnam was held in 1989.

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Get Involved

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You can help out and get involved in many ways.

You can give children a chance to grow up without life-threatening health problems, social stigma, isolation, and feelings of hopelessness.

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Rio Students

By getting involved with Operation Smile, you can help give children suffering from cleft lips a chance at life-changing surgeries, improved nutrition, and a better future.

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ILC

The Anthony L. and Hideko S. Burgess Interactive Learning Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers an immersive view of our work.

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Annika and Her Mom

Leave a legacy that will transform the lives of patients, like Annika, and their families around the world.

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Operation Smile

Show your support for Operation Smile buy purchasing some Operation Smile gear.

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Rio Students

By getting involved with Operation Smile, you can help give children suffering from cleft lips a chance at life-changing surgeries, improved nutrition, and a better future.

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ILC

The Anthony L. and Hideko S. Burgess Interactive Learning Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers an immersive view of our work.

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Annika and Her Mom

Leave a legacy that will transform the lives of patients, like Annika, and their families around the world.

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Operation Smile

Show your support for Operation Smile buy purchasing some Operation Smile gear.

Make Your Donation

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Your support provides children access to life-changing care.

You can make such a difference to children with cleft conditions who - through no fault of their own - are unable to access the safe, comprehensive cleft care they need.

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About Us

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We revolutionized cleft surgery globally in 1982.

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The pediatrician becomes the patient at a 2005 surgical program in China.