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


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“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