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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.


His Dream is Within Reach

Since returning home from receiving surgery at our medical mission, Cosmas feels free. Today, he's chasing after his dream of becoming a police officer.

From the Eyes of Our Volunteers: International Nurses Day

Join us and hear real stories from some of our brave and devoted volunteer nurses in celebration of International Nurses Day.

Training Surgeons to Serve Their Communities: Q&A with Dr. Ravaka Rakotorahalahy

As a recent graduate of our Cleft Surgeon Training Program, Dr. Ravaka Rakotorahalahy uses his enhanced skills to serve the people of his community.

A Pioneer in Health Care: Q&A with Clinical Coordinator Malika Madiri

As we continue to celebrate 2021 as the Year of Health and Care Workers, we share the perspective of nurse and clinical coordinator Malika Madiri.

Connection Through Storytelling: Q&A with Volunteer Alison Smyth

Longtime volunteer Alison Smyth builds bridges of compassion and understanding to the lives of patients and families through storytelling.

A Long-Awaited Transformation

Despite the love of her husband and family, Rong Zhen's cleft condition prevented her from being truly happy for 57 years.

See How Two Women Are Empowering Others Amid the Pandemic

Inspiring one another and advocating for patients born with cleft, two women from Manhattan College raise awareness and funds during the pandemic.

Her Name is Jane Rose

In addition to becoming a teacher, Jane Rose had one dream.

World Health Day: Building a Fairer, Healthier World

This year on World Health Day, we're drawing attention to the theme of “Building a fairer, healthier world" for all.


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.