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Stories You Make Possible

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.

Dr. Dane

What's Your Reason?

In honor of National Volunteer Week, observed April 22 to 26 in the US, we asked our volunteers to share why they love serving others as part of the Operation Smile family. Here’s what they said.
Aymane shares his story.

A Former Patient, Aymane Now Shares His Story

It was her third attempt to get her son the help he needed for his cleft lip and cleft palate, when a chance meeting on a train introduced Aymane's mom to Operation Smile Morocco.
A group of Operation Smile nutrition educators gather

What is Operation Smile's Nutrition Program?

As an organization, Operation Smile strives to deliver robust and holistic nutrition programs to ensure that patients are fit to receive safe, timely and effective surgical care.
In a Kamuzu Central Hospital operating room, cleft surgeon Dr. Wone Banda, center, with surgical scrub personnel Lucy Dodoli and pre- and post-operative nurse Grace Chirwa perform surgery during the 2022 Malawi Women in Medicine program.

Leading the Way: Q&A with Dr. Wone Banda

With a population of around 20 million people, Malawi currently has one female certified plastic surgeon serving patients. Her name is Dr. Wone Banda.
Highlighting the Operation Smile and Beast Philanthropy Partnership

Highlighting Our Partnership with Beast Philanthropy

We are proud to highlight our recent partnership with Beast Philanthropy.
Leao smiles for the camera.

Leao's Odyssey

In Pucallpa, in eastern Peru, Gabriela reflected on what would await her in Lima with her son, Leao. They had just finished a five-day boat trip from Iquitos, and there was still another day by bus to the capital.
South Africa

A Stranger’s Kindness

Ephraim was filling gas tanks at work when the kindness of an unnamed gentleman changed his life.
Four-year-old Clarra and 8-year-old Vololoniana hug teddy bears in child life during an Operation Smile surgical program in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Operation Smile’s “Whole-Person Approach” with Priti Desai and Donna Trentel

The goal of psychosocial care extends far beyond ensuring a child is prepared for surgery. Forming a positive association with medical environments at a young age will have lasting effects on a child’s mental, emotional and physical development.
Brandon smiles while holding his before photo.

Fight for Happiness

"You have to fight so that your children can be happy." That's the advice Brandon's grandmother has for all mothers and fathers who have children born with cleft.

Make Your Gift


Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition. Your gift today will help transform lives and increase access to essential surgical care.