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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.

Celebrating World Patient Safety Day

We’re proud to join with the World Health Organization (WHO) and members of the healthcare community in celebrating World Patient Safety Day on September 17. According to WHO, this commemorative day “calls for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety.” 

The Change in Lucas

Vivi watched as the doctor frowned and immediately understood that there was something wrong with her baby. She was in the middle of an ultrasound, and, when she was informed that her son would be born with a cleft condition, she wasn't entirely surprised.

Transforming Lives Through Equity: Operation Smile's Voice at Women Deliver

Operation Smile was thrilled to participate in the Women Deliver 2023 conference this July in Kigali, Rwanda, networking with thousands of advocates, innovators, agencies and organizations that influence the global agenda in healthcare.  

‘I’m the key’: Lessons learned from our 2023 International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC)

Here’s a look at lessons learned from ISLC 2023 and how participants will make a difference for Operation Smile back home.

“A Wonderful Organization”: Andrews’s Story

Valery spent hours researching her son's condition and ways to help him. Then she found Operation Smile Peru, which provided Andrews with the comprehensive care and surgery he needed.

Finding Her Purpose

Laura Alvarez’s life was changed by Operation Smile. But not because she was a patient of the organization. 
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Biking Miles for Operation Smile

Dan Meyer is an Operation Smile supporter with a grand spirit and sense of determination that is an envy to all.

Transforming Lives at Scale

Linda James’s unique upbringing also encouraged her to expand her volunteerism past surgical programs and into helping Operation Smile develop its growing education and mentorship initiatives.
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Service-Learning Delivers a New Perspective to Students

Operation Smile's Interactive Learning Center has partnered with local schools to bring service-learning into the curriculum.


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.