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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.


Celebrating Global Handwashing Day: Q&A with Nutrition Consultant Emily LaRose

Our nutrition consultant shares how simple hygiene and sanitation practices, such as handwashing, can be life-saving for the families and patients we serve.
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Action Inspired by Impact: Q&A with Katie Cole

A former patient of Dr. Bill Magee embodies her gratitude through service to children like herself and families affected by cleft conditions.

Celebrating World Smile Day 2021

Today is World Smile Day, but we've been celebrating the stories and smiles of our patients all week long.

Two Lives Transformed by One New Smile

Inspired by her granddaughter's cleft care journey, Manuelle aims transform the lives of more families affected by cleft.

Ensuring Patient Safety on a Global Scale: Q&A with Dr. Bryan Zimmerman

In honor of World Patient Safety Day, we share this Q&A of an unsung hero who's responsible for safeguarding the health and well-being of Operation Smile's patients, volunteers and staff.
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These High School Artists Create a Lasting Promise in Their Community

For these high school students, a dolphin statue not only represents iconic staples of their city, but recognizes a promise to support children born with cleft conditions.
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Q&A: Operation Smile Global Ambassador Pritika Swarup Launches Prakti Beauty Brand

As her international beauty brand, Prakti, debuts on the world stage, Pritika Swarup remains passionate about her role as an Operation Smile global ambassador.

Libyan Children Receive Life-Changing Cleft Care in Egypt: Q&A with Regional Director Dr. Mohamed El-Shazly

VIDEO: Amid political turmoil in Libya, Operation Smile Egypt welcomed nearly 30 patients from Libya who were born with cleft conditions.

A Grandmother’s Everlasting Love

Claudina knew that her 16-year-old daughter, Wara, had a high-risk pregnancy. But she never imagined the series of events that would ultimately unfold.


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.