As long as there are children in the Philippines with cleft,
we will not stop.
At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care.

An estimated 4,500 children are born every year with cleft in the Philippines.

A child born with a cleft may suffer from:
- Hunger and thirst
- Difficulty with speech
- Social isolation and bullying

In as little as 45 minutes, free safe surgery can give a child a chance to live a normal life.

How you can help

A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as 45 minutes. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children and families around the world.


“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President