Every dollar you raise through your OneSmile Page helps change the life of a child who is suffering from a cleft lip or cleft palate. You could even save a child’s life!
You transform lives. For a little as $240, you can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child's life forever and can take as little as 45 minutes.
You help us teach and train healthcare professionals. Through our education initiatives, partner countries are given specialized skills to treat children with facial deformities on their own — with their own resources, volunteers and medical professionals. It's the only way to ensure that every child receives quality care every time, everywhere they receive surgery.
Your gifts build awareness and leadership. With your support, Operation Smile continues to lead the way in providing free, safe surgeries worldwide as well as related medical care.
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. They face uncertain futures because their parents cannot afford to provide the surgery they need. Our 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 we heal creates a ripple effect on the child's family, community and country. This is only possible with the help of kind and generous people like you.
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In a small farming village in northern Rwanda lives a family of four the youngest is 4-month-old Challone.
Challone was born with a cleft lip. His mother and father didn’t know why their child was born this way and their older son was not. The family suspected it was a genetic condition, since Challone’s mother has a cousin with an untreated cleft lip.
The family rents a small house, which they share with three other families. Throughout their village, people are afraid of Challone. They think glancing at the baby will bring them bad fortune.
Challone’s mother had anxiously awaited her son’s surgery in Rwanda. They traveled for several hours to get the chance to fix Challone’s cleft lip and give the baby a chance at a normal life.
Overcome with emotion after the surgery, Challone’s mother couldn’t wait to take her son home and show him off to their village; to show the others that he is not bad luck, that he is a normal beautiful baby boy.
“I just want him to be happy,” Challone’s mother says. “And now he can show with his smile that he is happy.”
Just a day after the surgery, Challone donned a great smile and a laugh that will make anyone’s heart melt.
His family is forever thankful to the dedicated volunteers and supporters of Operation Smile. They’ve changed Challone’s life forever. And this baby boy is ready to show the world his new contagious smile!