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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 Historic Shipment is Saving Lives in Colombia

As food insecurity threatens the lives of our patients, Operation Smile teams rallied to send ready-to-use therapeutic food in a rare shipment to Colombia.

Ensuring Healthier Lives: Live Event with Operation Smile's Nutrition Council

During this live event, our Nutrition Council of dietitians, speech therapists and pediatricians highlighted the role breastfeeding plays in the health of infants and the connection between nutritional support and speech development.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Making of “Love Always Prevails”

VIDEO: Director, videographer and storyteller Jacob Watson guides you through a behind-the-scenes look at how his team captured Mariana and Ramata’s story on film.

Voices From the Front Line: Q&A with Nurse Doreenlove Serwah

In honor of World Humanitarian Day, we share how Ghanaian nurse Doreenlove exemplifies the courage and compassion it takes to fight the current global crisis head-on.

Walk Alongside Shijun

More than anything, Shijun wanted to play basketball and study his favorite subjects of literature and math without fear of bullying from his classmates.

Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month: Q&A with Operation Smile's Nutrition Council

To celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, our Nutrition Council joined forces to spread awareness on why breastfeeding and nutrition are vital to the health and well-being of children born with cleft conditions.

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.


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.