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Stories You Make Possible

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.


Nourishing Her Country: Q&A with Nutritionist Monica Arredondo

In Guatemala, where one in every two children suffers from chronic malnutrition, Monica Arredondo is not only saving lives but helping alleviate an immense need in the country she loves.

After Decades Without Surgery, Two Lives Changed in an Instant

Amid the bullying and painful treatment, Arsene refused to let anyone diminish his happiness.

A Woman Who Serves: Q&A with Surgeon Dr. Gladys Amaya

As one of the few female plastic surgeons in Honduras, Dr. Gladys Amaya understands the honor and fulfillment she feels when she volunteers alongside other women during Operation Smile surgical programs.

See These Women Brighten Futures and Empower Lasting Change

From all around the world, volunteers joined together and provided life-changing surgery to 70 patients during the second international surgical program in Morocco comprised entirely of women.

A Reflection of Hope

Even before surgery, Ziyalesi knew what her smile would look like if she wasn’t born with a cleft lip. All she needed to do was look at her twin sister.

When All Seemed Lost, Hope for Janat Was Found

VIDEO: Once on the verge of starvation, Janat now has a brighter future thanks to life-saving dental care and the unwavering determination of her parents.

Amid Adversity, A Family’s Bravery Emerges

Despite feeling fear and worry after seeing their son for the first time, Ani and her husband, Roberto, were determined to change his life.

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 Historic Shipment is Saving Lives in Colombia

As food insecurity threatens the lives of our patients, Operation Smile teams rallied to send ready-to-use therapeutic food in a rare shipment to Colombia.


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.