Operation Smile and its more than 5,400 medical volunteers are working every day around the world to provide safe, effective and free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery for children all over the world.
They are an international medical humanitarian organization that works in over 60 countries that is dedicated to raising awareness and providing lasting solutions. Hundreds of thousands of children are still suffering from facial deformities. Worse, children are dying every day simply because they lack the access to safe surgical care.
They have gained extensive knowledge and insight into the challenges facing global health in the developing world. Poverty, malnutrition, cultural superstitions, and a severe lack of specialized surgeons in many resource-poor enviornments are all part of the problem.
WHO WE ARE: INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CHARITY
Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.
At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before celebrating their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford the surgeries they need to live a productive life.
Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care. Every child deserves a future filled with hope. That's where we come in as the largest volunteer-based children's medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.
As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world, we work in over 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Together, we are saving children’s lives.
Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow? Learn more about our mission, key differentiators and history to see how we are unique from other children charities by clicking on the links.
HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS
Every dollar counts. Every gift helps change the life of a child who is suffering from a cleft lip or cleft palate.
Gifts transform lives
- $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child's life forever and can take as few as 45 minutes.
- Contributions in excess of surgical costs are invested into our sustainability programs, which empower our partner countries to treat more children on their own.
- Operation Smile has more than 5,400 credentialed medical volunteers in over 80 countries who are ready to donate their time and talent. Your gifts help send them to countries where desperate children are waiting to be healed.
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