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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.

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Service-Learning Delivers a New Perspective to Students

Operation Smile's Interactive Learning Center has partnered with local schools to bring service-learning into the curriculum.
Volunteer nurses Rodney and MJ

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.
Surgeon Dr. Billy Magee speaks with Global Surgery Fellow Atenas Bustamante and surgical resident Priyanka Naidu.

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.
Wearing a red and blue tank top, 3-year-old Folksong holds his before image as he looks at the camera.

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.
From left, post-op nurses Karen Allen of Australia and Lora Edwards of the U.K. and translator Animesh Mukherjee with Ezhan, 10 months, female, and her mother during Operation Smile India's medical mission at IQ Medical College Hospital in Durgapur, India, on February 26, 2020.

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.”
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the inauguration ceremony for the Bill and Kathy Magee Comprehensive Care Center in Guatemala City. From left to right: Beatriz Vidal, executive director for Operation Smile Guatemala); Dr. Bill Magee, Operation Smile co-founder and CEO; Kathy Magee, Operation Smile co-founder and president; Estuardo Trujillo Operation Smile Guatemala Chairman.

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.
Eleven-month-old Moses looks head-on at the camera during screening at an Operation Smile Ghana surgical program.

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 stands in front of a pale yellow background, holding a photo of him before surgery.

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.
During the Women in Medicine surgical program in the Philippines, Kisha plays with an Operation Smile volunteer before her surgery.

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.

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Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition. Your gift today will help transform lives and increase access to essential surgical care.