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Stories You Make Possible

Explore Operation Smile stories from around the world highlighting the courage of patients and their families, the dedication of our volunteers and staff, and the generosity of supporters like you.


Changing Perceptions: National Birth Defects Prevention Month

VIDEO: In honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we're sharing how we uphold our patients' dignity by refusing to use their condition as a way to define them.

A Mother’s Love Overcomes Unexpected Challenges

Two months prior to when he was expected, Ethan was born. Worry for her premature baby filled Dayrim with fear and uncertainty, which only intensified when she saw his smile for the first time. 

Why Research Matters: A Conversation With Operation Smile Global Surgery Fellows

Global Surgery Fellows Drs. Priyanka Naidu and Zach Collier engage in a Q&A session where they discuss their impact as global health leaders.

Our Year in Review: 2021

While our 2021 fiscal year proved to be another challenging year for our patients, their families and our teams around the world, it was also a year that showcased Operation Smile’s commitment, resilience and adaptiveness.

Meet Our Patients: Wen Ting and Xiang Cui

Although they were born with cleft conditions in the same country, Wen Ting and Xiang Cui lived two very different lives. Here are their stories.

Support That Empowers: Q&A with Volunteer Psychologist Chorok Al Hodi

Volunteer psychologist Chorok Al Hodi supports the mental health and emotional well-being of not only expecting parents but patients who’ve received life-changing cleft surgery.
Dominican Republic

A Faded Memory Becomes This Family’s Second Chance

Jonathan and Yaniris were filled with anticipation to meet their son. But that excitement quickly transformed into panic after they saw Jose Luis’ cleft lip. 

When All Seemed Lost, Hope for Janat Was Found

Once on the verge of starvation, Janat now has a brighter future thanks to life-saving dental care and the unwavering determination of her parents.

Persevering Through Uncertainty, Tragedy and the Unexpected

VIDEO: While attempting to navigate through the challenges of the pandemic, Valeria once again faced the unexpected. Her daughter, Lilia, was born with a cleft lip.


It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide life-changing surgery and a bright, beautiful new smile to a waiting child.