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Operation Smile’s first-ever all-women surgical programme in Malawi performed surgeries on 80 children born with cleft lip or palate.
Being part of a team, united in a common goal of wanting to help others, is what all of our Operation Smile volunteers rate most highly about the experience.
Having lived his entire life with an untreated cleft lip, Iddrisah never expected to find love. Instead, he became used to abuse and isolation from his own family and community.
As a psychosocial care provider, Cathy has attended six Operation Smile surgical programmes. She uses therapeutic play and hands-on educational activities to help patients feel calm and prepared to enter the operating room.
In just one hour, our skilled surgeons repaired Marceline’s cleft lip and reshaped her nose, giving her hope for a better life. Please join our circle of supporters and help change more children’s lives.
Growing up in a small rural community in Mozambique, Domingos always felt lost and alone. No one else in his community was born with a cleft lip. As he spoke about being bullied and judged, his eyes reflected the pain he’s endured for 48 years.
At Operation Smile we understand the special bravery of children like Noemia. Although it’s often hidden by shyness, this courage endures teasing and mockery, with quiet dignity.
Thanks to generous supporters like you, two little sisters were able to have life changing surgery to repair cleft conditions.
Before and after in Madagascar When Mampionona was born, his mother did not know what to say. She had just seen her sister die from illness. And she was very emotional. “We named him Mampionona," Tantely, the baby’s aunt explained. "In Malagasy, it means ‘to...
In 2017, nine month old Tsifoina became the 2 500th patient to be operated on by Operation Smile in Madagascar. When they saw their son afterwards, the young parents shed tears of joy.