Donor Stories

As little as 45 minutes to change a life
South Africa

Operation Smile South Africa launched Operation 45, an initiative that provided life-changing care to 9-month-old Alexzander and 11-month-old Ofentse and featured their surgeries during the Soweto Derby.

Shandra Kight: Feeling a sense of belonging
United States

Shandra Kight, a pre- and post-operative nurse, is one of those dedicated volunteers. Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, she was determined to be a nurse, to work with children and to be an Operation Smile volunteer

Sam holds a football Funday
United Kingdom

9 year old Sam has already had 10 operations to correct his cleft lip and cleft palate and was refusing to have his latest operation later this year. His mum hit on the plan of showing him our website and see what would happen if you weren't able to have an operation. When looking at the photos and stories of some of our patients something wonderful happened and inspired Sam to help children less fortunate than him round the world ...

Lily Johnson
United Kingdom

Congratulations Lily Johnson from everyone at Team Miles for Smiles.

7 year old Eidann is dedicated to helping others
United Kingdom

Born with a cleft, chops her hair to help cancer patients and raises funds to give children new smiles

Youngest Brit to Climb Kilimanjaro Raises 165 Smiles!
United Kingdom

George is the youngest English Boy to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro

United Kingdom

Endure the Challenge

Mototaxi Madness

Over 1,000km, over the Andes in a “motorbike with a sofa strapped to the back of it”.....

One Man, One Boat, One Ocean & 40 New Smiles
United Kingdom

Solo sailor Roberto Westerman raced across the Atlantic, to raise as many smiles as he could

DKNY 20th Birthday Chari.tee for Operation Smile
United States

To mark the 20th birthday of DKNY, Donna Karan wanted to give something back


"We strive for a world where no child suffers the risks and uncertainties of a facial deformity."

- Richard Lewandowski, Plastic Surgeon, Co-Founder Operation Smile Australia