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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.


Two Lives Transformed by One New Smile

Inspired by her granddaughter's cleft care journey, Manuelle aims transform the lives of more families affected by cleft.

Ensuring Patient Safety on a Global Scale: Q&A with Dr. Bryan Zimmerman

In honor of World Patient Safety Day, we share this Q&A of an unsung hero who's responsible for safeguarding the health and well-being of Operation Smile's patients, volunteers and staff.
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These High School Artists Create a Lasting Promise in Their Community

For these high school students, a dolphin statue not only represents iconic staples of their city, but recognizes a promise to support children born with cleft conditions.
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Q&A: Operation Smile Global Ambassador Pritika Swarup Launches Prakti Beauty Brand

As her international beauty brand, Prakti, debuts on the world stage, Pritika Swarup remains passionate about her role as an Operation Smile global ambassador.

Libyan Children Receive Life-Changing Cleft Care in Egypt: Q&A with Regional Director Dr. Mohamed El-Shazly

VIDEO: Amid political turmoil in Libya, Operation Smile Egypt welcomed nearly 30 patients from Libya who were born with cleft conditions.

A Grandmother’s Everlasting Love

Claudina knew that her 16-year-old daughter, Wara, had a high-risk pregnancy. But she never imagined the series of events that would ultimately unfold.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Making of “Love Always Prevails”

VIDEO: Director, videographer and storyteller Jacob Watson guides you through a behind-the-scenes look at how his team captured Mariana and Ramata’s story on film.

Voices From the Front Line: Q&A with Nurse Doreenlove Serwah

In honor of World Humanitarian Day, we share how Ghanaian nurse Doreenlove exemplifies the courage and compassion it takes to fight the current global crisis head-on.

Walk Alongside Shijun

More than anything, Shijun wanted to play basketball and study his favorite subjects of literature and math without fear of bullying from his classmates.


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.