Friday, April 20, 2012

A Smile Changes Everything

Who We Are: Children’s Charity

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.

As a children’s charity, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity. More than an NGO. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.

That's where we come in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world and with a presence in over 60 countries, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

Our Mission

Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe.

We believe that all children deserve to live their lives with dignity. And for those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile.

Driven by our universal compassion for children, we work worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities by delivering safe, effective surgical care directly to patients. The global partnerships we create, the knowledge we share and the infrastructure we build leave a legacy that lives well beyond our medical missions, making a lasting difference in our world.

Our impact is felt not just through the children we heal, but through the daily transformation of donors, volunteers and staff as we fulfill our shared vision and see immediate, life-changing results. has teamed up with Operation Smile by committing to donating enough to cover 1,000 life changing surgeries. For every book rented through, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Smile. would love to exceed their goal of 1,000 lives changed. How can you help? By renting your textbooks through!

Are you taking summer school this year or know someone who is?

Please help out this worthy cause by choosing to rent your textbooks through

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Ways to Give

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At April 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Brooke @ Covered in Grace said...

This is such a great cause!! I'll definitely be passing this post on!

Also... I wanted to let you know that I’ve tagged you for a Liebster Award. Check it out on my blog tag page here:

At April 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Natalie Leung said...

It really is a beautiful charity for such a wonderful cause, well done.
now following your sweet blog :)



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