A dream becomes a life.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Lelala has followed his dream into medicine and changing lives.
Open Heart, Open Hands
Driven to help Mozambicans affected by cleft conditions, the 42-year-old nonmedical volunteer was responsible for bringing 18 potential patients to Operation Smile’s July 2018 medical mission held in Quelimane.
Happy to help
Nicola-Jo recently attended her first mission. This is her story about the work Operation Smile does in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A guardian angel
A moment of kindness leads to a life of advocacy.
A love story strengthened by volunteering.
Dr.’s Clare Neser and Conrad Pienaar are more than just partners in a busy surgical practice, they are husband and wife, seasoned medical professionals and long-term volunteers with Operation Smile.
A mother and daughter committed to cleft care.
Donay and Marlise van der Merwe are a rare mother and daughter combination.
The one who is needed
Editor's Note: The following story is the first-person account of guest blogger Sean Robson, Operation Smile South Africa Communications Coordinator, as he and photographer Zute Lightfoot accompanied Operation Smile volunteer Funeka Cele on a five-day patient advocacy journey through the South African province of Eastern Cape.