Operation Smile is a worldwide children's medical charity founded in 1982, dedicated to helping children and young adults who are born with facial deformities. In as little as 45 minutes and for only $240, one cleft lip surgery can change a child's life forever. Within Operation Smile's 26 partnering countries, over 100,000 children are born each year with a facial deformity and tens of thousands remain untreated.
When Ani first learned about Operation Smile, she was truly moved with the work they do. "I mostly photograph babies and children, with parents standing over my shoulder doing silly things to make them smile. When I learned about Operation Smile and saw the images of these children, it was impossible for me not to get emotional. I can't imagine the difficulties these children would be faced with if this organization did not exist. There are still tens of thousands waiting for donations that could change their lives, and I would love to hear that number go down."