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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.


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.

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.


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.