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Mission Possible Complete

Mission Possible Complete

Our recent surgical programme in Mthata resulted in 22 children and one adult receiving corrective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.

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Operation Smile Volunteers speak

Operation Smile Volunteers speak

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.

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Healing through therapeutic play

Healing through therapeutic play

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.

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The other kids stared at me and laughed

The other kids stared at me and laughed

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.

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After 48 years, a new future

After 48 years, a new future

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.

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Braving the world together

Braving the world together

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.

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