The World Journey of Smiles: 40 simultaneous missions in 25 countries, which provided new smiles and new lives for 4,086 children living with facial deformities.
Operation Smile is a nonprofit medical service organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, founded in 1982. A non-governmental organization, the children’s medical charity provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide, assists countries in reaching self-sufficiency with these surgeries, and works to reduce the occurrence of cleft lips and palates. As of March, 2013, the organization reports that it has provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Operation Smile