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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.

Dominican Republic
Isaac Smiles for the Camera

Meet Isaac

Isaac is a sweet 2 month old who has born with a cleft condition. His mom, Noemí, found support through Operation Smile Dominican Republic.
Photos from the Lima Surgical Program

Beyond Surgery: Inspiring Moments with Operation Smile in Peru

Operation Smile Staff Member Katherine Zeveleva shares her experience at a recent surgical program. 
Meet Camila and Mateo

Meet Camila and Mateo and Their Moms

Meet two of our patients, Camila and Mateo, and their mothers, Rosa and Francisca. Follow their journey as they navigate their experience at one of our surgical programs in Puebla, Mexico.
 Plastic Surgeon Prof Faustin Ntirenganya and Dr Furaha Charles, Dr Françoise Mukagaju, Dr Ian Shyaka, Dr Yves Nezerwa, Dr Mukamitari Victoire, Dr Oyuzuzo Thierry, Dr Jean Luc Niyonsaba, Dr Eugene Sindikubwabo, Dr Clovis Paulin Baramburiye, Dr Emmanuel Tuyisenge.

Local Leaders, Global Health: Building Resilient Health Systems in Africa

Africa Day, observed annually on May 25, commemorates a significant milestone in the continent's history: the establishment of the first union of African countries in 1963. It's a day dedicated to reflecting on Africa's progress, embracing its diversity and reaffirming our dedication to its future. At Operation Smile, we're deeply honored to be part of Africa's journey, particularly in the realm of healthcare and education.
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.

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