The Journey Home: 30 Years of Smiles

Since 1982, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous partners — has provided more than 2 MILLION PATIENT EVALUATIONS and over 200,000 FREE SURGERIES for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities AROUND THE WORLD. As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world with a presence in over 60 COUNTRIES, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

On NOVEMBER 8 to DECEMBER 2, 2012, Operation Smile will undertake another milestone as it celebrates its 30th year!

Operation Smile will celebrate with a special homecoming mission to the Philippines to give back to the country that gave birth to what is now a global children’s medical charity organization.  It aims to provide free life medical treatments to at least 6,000 Filipino children and young adults in 24 days through 10 dental and cleft surgical missions sites in various parts of the country, namely, Koronadal City, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Silay City, Manila, Naga and Pampanga.


As proud as we are of the many children we have helped here at home and abroad, sadly, twice as many are left behind. Each year, ten thousands of children who need help have to be turned away. It should not be this way. This is why we continue to battle the growing backlog of children who suffer with correctable deformities. This is why we set such high goals for ourselves each year, why we always stretch to the absolute extent of our capacity, and why we are always seeking like-minded humanitarians – people who generously support our spirit and our missions. It is estimated that one in every 500 children born in the Philippines will have a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.


Children who must live with facial deformities live in the darkest corners of the world. They suffer in seclusion. Many children withdraw from school, and withdraw from the world. A 45-minute operation can change a child’s life forever and restore their dignity. A simple operation can open doors to a child’s future.

Operation Smile encourages private and public institutions to join its efforts to reach out to these impoverished Filipino children through a local mission.

OSP may not be able to fix the economic woes of Philippines, but together, the country can reach out to these forgotten children. To repair a child’s face is to rehabilitate not only their smile, but also their spirit. To repair a child’s face is to give that child an opportunity to go to school, to eat a meal, to speak so others can understand. Once the physical aspect of a deformity is treated, it allows for the emotional healing to begin.

It is an investment that will last a lifetime in the face of each child. It is how OSP is “changing lives, one smile at a time”.

Operation Smile Philippines are in need of the following Medical Volunteers!

  • Operating Room Nurses
  • Ward Nurses
  • Anesthesiologist,
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Biomed Technician
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Dentist
  • Medical Photographer
  • Pediatrician
  • Medical Records Specialist

From these areas:

  • Pampanga
  • Manila
  • Cavite
  • Naga
  • Bacolod
  • Cebu
  • Cagayan De Oro
  • General Santos
  • South Cotabato
  • Iloilo
  • Mindoro
  • Davao

Benefits of a Medical Volunteers

Qualified / Credentialed Volunteers will be given proper training and receive certification from American Heart Association (AHA) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). You can’t find this training just anywhere and Operation Smile will give it to credentialed medical volunteers for FREE, as Operation Smile Philippines is the first organization recognized as a global and mobile international training organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association.

Travel incentives – Operation Smile Philippines was able to send 31 of its volunteers to 10 countries where international missions are held, (China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Russia, Thailand, East Timor, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil).

Calling for Non-Medical Volunteers

During missions, non-medical volunteers assist in patient mobilization, final screening, patient assistance, physical set-up, photo and video documentation and other non-medical tasks that may be required.

You can join Chatters Care For Kids Inc. as a non-medical volunteer as our objective is to help in future missions of Operation Smile especially on the 30th anniversary in November, so if you are living in these areas, Pampanga, Manila, Cavite, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Mindoro and Davao , sign up below.

Non-Medical Volunteers can include bloggers who can cover the event, photographers and videographers who can document the event, Filmmakers who can make a video for Operation Smile, Masscom students and graduates who can also help in making videos for Operation Smile, Graphic Artists who can make brochures, flyers, posters that will be mass produced by Operation Smile and anyone who have the kind heart and has a will to help change a child’s life.

Be a Non-Medical Volunteer – Sign up here –

Chatters Care For Kids Inc. is doing a Tinapay at Inumin Campaign where Non-Medical Volunteers can bring bakery products , juices or bottled water that we can give to the parents,patients, and volunteers during a mission..This will help cut down Operation Smile expenses so they can buy more medical supplies and do more surgical operations, instead of using their fund to feed the volunteers.

Non-Medical Volunteers can also bring Coloring books and Crayons and play with the patients so they won’t worry about their upcoming surgery.

ATTENTION: Looking for more patients with cleft lip/cleft palate for the May 30 to June 3, 2012 Ospital ning Angeles ( Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital ) Pampanga Operation Smile Mission.

Operation Smile Philippines Facebook Page:

Chatters Care For Kids (CCFK) Facebook Page:


8 thoughts on “The Journey Home: 30 Years of Smiles

  1. Koko says:

    i love this project… some Filipinos arent aware of how important dental health is… they dont even know that poor dental health can lead to other more serious diseases…


  2. marrimye says:

    It’s good to hear that there are people who have the dedication and commitment to extend hand to others in any way they can. This project is very helpful to all those who are in need with no financial capacity.


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