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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.


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.

With Surgery, A Weight Was Lifted

Zafilahy was often called “Telo Moloha,” which translates to “three lips.” But he never let the harassment prevent him from living a life of happiness.

Scenes of Hope and Healing: Guatemala City Surgical Program

Last weekend, our passionate team of volunteers changed the lives of 15 patients during our three-day surgical program in Guatemala City.

A Link in the Chain: Q&A with Dentist Dr. Guillermo Cifuentes

Dr. Guillermo Cifuentes of Guatemala says it takes more than just skill and knowledge to be a good volunteer for Operation Smile. It takes heart.
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A Lifetime of Giving

The impact of Bob Scheel's generosity and devotion to improving access to care continues to change the lives of Guatemalan patients even after his passing.


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.