Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. Driven by their universal compassion for children, they work worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities by delivering safe, effective surgical care directly to patients. The global partnerships they create, the knowledge they share and the infrastructure they build leave a legacy that lives well beyond their medical missions, making a lasting difference in our world. Every child deserves the ability to smile and a chance to thrive. But in many parts of the world, children with cleft lip and cleft palate are hidden away, too embarrassed to attend school and face uncertain futures because their parents cannot afford to provide the surgery they need. Operation Smile’s free, life-changing surgeries take as little as 45 minutes, and can give a boy or girl with a facial deformity a lifetime of smiles. Plus, every child they heal creates a ripple effect on the child’s family, community and country. After surgery, the child can become a more productive member of society and enrich their community.