Life-changing cleft surgery


Ramata was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate in Ghana. Her mother Mariana was determined to access safe surgical care to repair her 4-year-old daughter’s condition.

Each time doctors assessed Ramata’s health, she couldn’t receive safe surgery because she was either anaemic or too underweight.

The lives of the family would change forever after they met a volunteer from Operation Smile Ghana.

When Mariana saw Ramata for the first time after surgery, she was overjoyed by the fact that her daughter would look like all the other children in their community.

No longer subject to the harmful bullying and teasing from some of her classmates, Ramata thrives in school and in life.

Ramata smiling with a repaired cleft holding up a photo of herself before surgery

Ramata 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 of our supporters give renewed hope to children like Ramata around the world.

Ramata smiling with a repaired cleft lip and palate

Ramata today