Operation Smile: Restoring children's smiles

Another key project at Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation is to provide free surgeries for underprivileged children in China who suffer from facial deformities (cleft lip and palate) in collaboration with Operation Smile.

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. As an international charity for children, Operation Smile mobilises a force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities.

Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee Jr., a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon, co-founded Operation Smile in 1982 with his wife, Kathleen S. Magee. In 1991, Operation Smile came to China to provide services and invited Prof. Alice Chiu Tsang Hok Wan to be the fundraising chair and help establish Operation Smile China Medical Mission, which has provided nearly 30,000 free cleft surgeries to date.。

As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world and with a presence in over 80 countries, Operation Smile is able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.