Help us bring more smiles
to children and change their lives forever.
At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care.

people lack access to any surgical care

lack access to safe and well-timed surgery

of an estimated 234 million surgical procedures performed each year go to the poorest third of the global population

Patient Story

Thanh: Former patient now a volunteer

Patient Story

Oscar: From uneasiness to hope

Patient Story

Ngan’s name means “star,” but she wasn’t able to smile brightly

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How you can help

A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as R5500 and in as few as 45 minutes, but your gift is more than a surgery. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children and families around the world.


Our medical volunteers span six continents and provide our patients with specialised care so they can live healthy and productive lives.

Our Volunteers

Introducing Lindsay Anderson

My first mission was to Hanoi, Vietnam – a mega mission and a very big team. It was overwhelming at first but everyone made me feel at ease and as soon as I saw the babies and children, I felt a massive sense of purpose.

Our Volunteers

Meet Dr. Kevin Calder

We sit down with plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Calder for a question and answer-style interview.

Our Volunteers

Dr. Charles Kabetu: Falling into Operation Smile by chance

Dr. Kabetu walked into work one morning to see his name was on a list posted in the operating room.



“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President