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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.


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.

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.


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.