Who We Are
Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft. One in 10 will die before their first birthday. Many of the children who survive live their lives in shame, hiding their faces because of this tragic deformity. Operation Smile was founded on the belief that no child should suffer or die because of a facial deformity.
Operation Smile is an international children’s charity committed to saving lives and allowing children with clefts to smile properly for the first time. We do this by providing free surgeries and after care to those affected. Since our founding in 1982 we have provided more than 200,000 free surgeries to children and young adults around the world and over 2 million comprehensive healthcare evaluations.
Operation Smile UAE is a new Foundation. We have been established since January 2011 and have so far been involved in the following missions:
- Amman, Jordan (Dec 2010)
- Fez, Morocco (March 2011)
- Cebu and Davao, Philippines (Feb/March 2011)
- Mumbai, India (Feb/March 2012)
- Wenshan, China (March 2012)
- Amman, Jordan (June 2012)
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (May 2013)
- Feng Kai, China (October 2013)
- In April and May 2014 we are funding missions to both Madagascar and Ethiopia.
We have held several fund raising events in the UAE which have helped to raise much needed funds. We also have a busy program of volunteer recruitment as we credential and mobilise medical volunteers for attending overseas missions. In addition to this we have recruited hundreds of volunteers with a wide variety of other expertise to help with every aspect of our organisation.
As well as raising funds to carry out overseas missions we put a lot of effort into creating a big social impact here in the UAE. We work hard to increase awareness and raise our profile, to inspire action and to actively participate in our local health communities.
In the short time we have been active we have developed close ties with schools, universities, hospitals and businesses. We have an exciting and busy agenda in the coming weeks and months and we invite you to join us as we seek to bring new smiles to more faces!