As mission volunteers, we know first-hand the incredible and life-changing impact providing safe, effective, and timely surgeries has on children born with cleft conditions. Whether it’s conducting initial healthcare assessments, preparing the patient in the child life room, performing the operation, helping with medical records, providing post-op care, and so much more, we are the team delivering new smiles and new hope for these families.
But we need your help.
While many of us are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, children in low- and middle- income countries are waiting for their turn to receive life-saving surgery. Every three minutes, a child is born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. This statistic doesn’t change—even during a pandemic. Everyday, hundreds of children are added to the waitlist in the countries where Operation Smile serves.
In as little as 45 minutes, and for as little as $240, a child can be given the gift of their new forever smile.