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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.


Educate, Enrich, Empower: Q&A with Clinical Coordinator Homaire Caicedo

With August being National Breastfeeding Month, Homaire Caicedo is actively spreading awareness about the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers as early as possible in their child’s development. 

Serving More People in More Places: Operation Smile Champion Program

Piloted in Escuintla, Guatemala, the Operation Smile Champion Program brought together experienced volunteers to educate Guatemalan mentees with the goal of helping more families access timely cleft care.

“His surgery was the best gift ever”

A once exciting ultrasound appointment quickly took a turn in a way that Naira never imagined.

Helping Heal Through Therapeutic Play: Q&A with Psychosocial Care Provider Cathy Cheonga

In this Q&A, Cathy Cheonga shares what drives her to help patients and parents overcome the challenges they face as well as what ambitions she has for Operation Smile Malawi.

Before Discovering Surgery, Iddrisah Finds Love

Although Iddrisah doesn’t precisely remember what his bullies said to him growing up, he still recalls the exact moment he first laid eyes on the woman who would eventually become his wife. 

A Radio Announcement Reaches This Hopeful Family

Losing hope wasn’t an option for Nora after seeing her son’s cleft lip for the first time. Despite the fear she felt, her love for Damian overpowered everything else.

Centered Around a New Beginning

See how Operation Smile India continues to strengthen its community outreach programs and bring cleft care closer to the homes of more families and patients like Dilfa.

Creating Hopeful Connections: Q&A with National Registry Coordinator Paola Arroyave

By enhancing its ability to learn about potential patients as soon as they are born, Operation Smile Guatemala helps more children begin their cleft care journeys weeks after their birth versus years.

A Smile That Will Last a Lifetime

A decade of worry and uncertainty leads to a lifetime of happiness and healing for Mina and her family.


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.