Healing children’s smiles. Making the world a better place.
At Operation Smile Ireland, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on children’s faces. We’re more than a charity. More than an NGO. We’re a mobilised 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, socialise 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. Since 1982, Operation Smile— through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided free surgeries to children in more than 50 countries, healing their smiles and bringing hope for a better future.
Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year and, today, more than 200,000 girls and boys have a chance at a new life because of our work.