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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.


The Sounds of Small Victories: Q&A with Phonoaudiologist Olga Sarmiento

With speech therapy, Olga Sarmiento delivers a level of comprehensive care that helps Colombian children living with cleft conditions thrive.

A Chance Encounter Brings Tiyamjane a New Smile

For 18 years, Tiyamjane believed she would live with her unrepaired cleft lip forever. Then one day, she confronted the unexpected.

Clement’s “Why”

As patient coordinator for Operation Smile Ghana, Clement Ofosuhemeng’s drive to connect potential patients to life-saving care has produced unprecedented success.

Two Thumbs-Up

After nine years of living with a cleft lip, Bipul wasn't going to let anything keep him from reaching Operation Smile's medical mission in Durgapur.

A Second Chance at a New Smile

Benjebi nearly lost all hope after being told her son Mohamed was too young for surgery. But she and her husband refused to give up.

Her Unwavering Strength

After enduring a lifetime of heartbreak and pain, Andrea receives news that changes the course of her and her family's lives forever.

Operation Smile India Steps up to Help Hospitals Fight COVID-19: Q&A with Abhishek Sengupta

Operation Smile India Executive Director Abhishek Sengupta shares how his teams are combating the massive shortage of oxygen in the country.

After 48 Years, A New Future

Domingos carried the weight of living with an untreated cleft lip until he arrived at an Operation Smile medical mission.

Persevering Through Uncertainty, Tragedy and the Unexpected

While attempting to navigate through the challenges of the pandemic, Valeria once again faced the unexpected. Her daughter, Lilia, was born with a cleft lip.


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.