Skip to main content

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.

Dominican Republic

A Faded Memory Becomes This Family’s Second Chance

Jonathan and Yaniris were filled with anticipation to meet their son. But that excitement quickly transformed into panic after they saw Jose Luis’ cleft lip. 

Persevering Through Uncertainty, Tragedy and the Unexpected

VIDEO: 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.

Scenes of Hope and Healing: Kigali Resident Training Program

To help alleviate needless suffering, we're aiming to increase the number of board-certified reconstructive plastic surgeons available to serve Rwanda's population by 2022.

Amid Crisis, Healing

Pedro's family fled the crisis in Venezuela with hopes of a better life and cleft surgery in Colombia.

The Life He Always Deserved Began After 18 Years

Since receiving cleft surgery, Samuel’s happiness and fulfillment stems from his friends, his job and how people treat him – a sharp contrast from how he spent his childhood.
United States

Voices From the Front Line: Q&A with Dentist Dr. Dane Hoang

In celebration of Dental Hygiene Month, this pediatric dentist and longtime volunteer shares how she found the strength to continue caring for her patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrating Global Handwashing Day: Q&A with Nutrition Consultant Emily LaRose

Our nutrition consultant shares how simple hygiene and sanitation practices, such as handwashing, can be life-saving for the families and patients we serve.
United States

Action Inspired by Impact: Q&A with Katie Cole

A former patient of Dr. Bill Magee embodies her gratitude through service to children like herself and families affected by cleft conditions.

Celebrating World Smile Day 2021

Today is World Smile Day, but we've been celebrating the stories and smiles of our patients all week long.


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.