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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.


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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.
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From Mentee to Mentor: Q&A with Cleft Surgeon Dr. Robert Beinrauh

Hear from a volunteer surgeon whose love for his work is driven by the strength of the patients he meets.

A Family’s Journey Toward Healing

For Justina, the weeks following the birth of her daughter, Annika, were some of the most frightening moments of her life. Then, she heard about Operation Smile.

Today’s Training, Tomorrow’s Solutions

VIDEO: Operation Smile alleviates needless suffering by empowering Rwandan health care workers with training and education.


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.