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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.


“A pillar of my life”

VIDEO: After two years of searching for surgery for his daughter Karla, hope returned to Ángel when he learned about an Operation Smile medical mission.

Voices from the Front Line: Nurses Rodney and MJ Kapunan

Rodney and MJ Kapunan have dedicated their lives to helping others at home and abroad. As nurses, they have participating in more than 30 Operation Smile surgical missions, transforming lives of patients with cleft conditions.

Education and Transformation: Operation Smile Champion Program

Operation Smile has witnessed how the lack of adequately trained health care professionals creates dangerous barriers to care, preventing older patients like Teofilo and Paulina from accessing timely surgery. During the March Champion Program in Bolivia, mentors paired up with eager mentees to help address this need.

World Health Day: Health For All

This year on World Health Day, we’re drawing attention to the goal of motivating action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow with the theme of “Health For All.”

Meet Our Patients: Thailand

Years after receiving their cleft surgeries from Operation Smile, Ake, Folksong and Beam are living happier and healthier lives. Here are their stories.

At the Center of a Dream: Operation Smile Guatemala’s New Care Center

Volunteers, staff, donors, patients and their families gathered together in Guatemala City to celebrate the grand opening of the Bill and Kathy Magee Comprehensive Care Center.

Moses’ Journey to Surgery: Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Malnutrition contributes to the deaths of 3.1 million children less than 5 years old annually. Operation Smile patients born with cleft conditions are especially vulnerable, which is why we have established nutrition programs in 24 countries around the world.

Alfred’s Story of Love, Integrity and a New Smile

Alfred’s life was full of love and happiness as a husband and father. At 52 years old, Alfred believed he’d experienced the most he could out of life. But little did he know there was something greater headed his way.

Health Equity Heroes

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Operation Smile and our global partners are honoring the importance of health equity for women by launching our Health Equity Heroes campaign.


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.