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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.


A Promise Kept

VIDEO: Nearly a decade after Operation Smile gave his son a new smile, Alex Guerrero vowed to find every person in his country living with an untreated cleft condition. With his inspired patient advocacy program, Alex hopes no other family endures what his family went through.

Celebrating National Nurses Month: The Essential Roles of Operation Smile Nurses

Operation Smile nurses represent the only medical volunteers who actively provide care for patients through every stage of the surgical process.

Scenes of Hope and Healing: Tamatave Surgical Program

In late April 2022, Operation Smile hosted its first international surgical program in Madagascar since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow the stories of some of our patients and medical volunteers as they unite for this long-awaited and life-changing experience.

Picturing Her New Beginning

After living 52 years with an untreated cleft lip, Akosua discovered a new passion for helping people like herself.

Timely Cleft Surgery, Brighter Futures

The early discovery of their son’s cleft condition transformed Felipe and America’s fear into determination as they searched for a solution in the months leading up to his birth.

Nourishing Her Country: Q&A with Nutritionist Monica Arredondo

In Guatemala, where one in every two children suffers from chronic malnutrition, Monica Arredondo is not only saving lives but helping alleviate an immense need in the country she loves.

After Decades Without Surgery, Two Lives Changed in an Instant

Amid the bullying and painful treatment, Arsene refused to let anyone diminish his happiness.

A Woman Who Serves: Q&A with Surgeon Dr. Gladys Amaya

As one of the few female plastic surgeons in Honduras, Dr. Gladys Amaya understands the honor and fulfillment she feels when she volunteers alongside other women during Operation Smile surgical programs.

See These Women Brighten Futures and Empower Lasting Change

From all around the world, volunteers joined together and provided life-changing surgery to 70 patients during the second international surgical program in Morocco comprised entirely of women.


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.