Q: What is The Operation Smile Foundation?
A: The Operation Smile Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to provide operations for children and babies around the world suffering from cleft lip and palates. The organization provides surgeries, and educational services so their work becomes self-sufficient.
Fixing cleft lips and cleft palates isn’t just about looks. Many children born with this problem have a difficult time learning to feed properly, which leads to malnutrition and sometimes death. These operations help save and change lives all over the world.
Q: Why is the session fee a “suggested donation of at least $30”?
A: Each operation costs $240, so by offering 15 minute mini-sessions for at least $30 we can raise enough money to pay for an operation every two hours! What you decide to donate is up to you, but we ask that it be at least $30 so we can reach our goal.
From the website for Operation Smile:
"Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.
At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity. We're a mobilized force of international medical professionals and caring hearts. Operation Smile is a pioneer in advocating for the importance of safe surgery in resource poor environments and is the largest surgical charity of its kind, leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication."
For more information on Operation Smile and how they help children with cleft lips/palates please visit