In Vietnamese, Ngan’s name means “star,” but she wasn’t able to smile brightly when she was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.

Without help, Ngan’s family would never have been able to afford the cleft surgery that would change her life and give her a bright future. When Ngan’s parents heard that Operation Smile was conducting a surgical mission, they travelled more than 200 miles for the chance to heal her smile.

Ngan received life-changing surgery on her cleft lip and cleft palate and now, 10 years later, she is a happy, healthy, vibrant girl – with a smile that shows it. As a hardworking student herself, Ngan dreams of becoming a teacher and allowing other children the chance to enjoy reading, writing and learning as much as she does.

Smiling baby after cleft surgery

Ngan after cleft surgery


It takes only 45 minutes and as little as €180 to give a new smile to a child, but your gift is more than a surgery. All donations to Operation Smile give renewed hope to children like Ngan around the world.

Smiling girl with repaired cleft holding a photo of herself before surgery

Ngan, ten years after cleft surgery