Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide.
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before celebrating their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford the surgeries they need to live a productive life.