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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.


Meet Our Patients: Nicaragua

Surgery evaded Jimena twice before her family learned about Operation Smile Nicaragua's first local medical mission of 2021. Here's her story.

Celebrating the Year of Health and Care Workers: The Commitment of Operation Smile Medical Volunteers

For nearly 40 years, Operation Smile has relied on health care professionals including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, speech therapists, dentists and more.

“Some Day” Finally Arrives for Seth

With his new smile, 34-year-old Seth gained the confidence he needed to chase after his lifelong dream.

Ensuring Healthier Lives Through Nutrition: Q&A with Charlotte Steppling

Hear from nutrition program manager, Charlotte Steppling, about why including nutritional support on our programs is saving patients' lives around the world.

Completeness of Care: Psychosocial Care Providers

To celebrate Child Life Month, learn how our volunteer psychosocial care providers ease patients' fears through therapeutic play and activities.

Going Far Together: A Future for Women in Health Care Around the World

Plastic surgery resident Dr. Naikhoba Munabi shares her research on why it's crucial for women in medicine to empower and mentor each other.

Women in Medicine: Mentoring the Next Generation

VIDEO: During our first all-female mission, more than 50 volunteers engaged in training and mentorship workshops with leading medical professionals in their fields.

A Leading Woman in Health Care: Q&A with Volunteer Jackeline Nuñez del Prado

In honor of International Women's Day, we share a Q&A from a devoted nurse who shared her motivation behind continuing her education to become a surgeon.

From Loneliness to Acceptance

Many obstacles prevented 53-year-old Justin from receiving care earlier in life. Today, he hopes to help people like him overcome those same barriers.


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.