Who we are

Each time we donate a smile changes a life forever.

Emergenza Sorrisi is a Non-Governmental Organisation that works with children affected by hare lip, cleft palate, facial deformities, burns, trauma inflicted by war, cataracts and other pathologies inherent in developing countries. Emergenza Sorrisi unites 370 volunteer Doctors and Nurses, thanks to whom surgical misions have been realised in over 18 countries worldwide, where 3.949 children have been operated on to date and rediscovered their smile. One of the pillars of our activities is training, and bringing local Doctors and Nurses up to date; through our training, currently 573 professionals benefit in countries that host missions.

All of the projects run by Emergenza Sorrisi in countries in the South of the world anticipate local participation: the current situation is that there are 7 local, autonomous offices open in Benin, Congo (RDC), Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Georgia and Burkina Faso.

“The Doctors and other Nurses who I had the fortune to meet are people, in my opinion, of truly profound morals, there is never a sense of self-satisfaction, they aren’t looking to be seen and they treat these patients, who are for the most part very poor, with a great deal of respect, exactly as if they were in a hospital in Rome or Milan”


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Matilde Brandi

Testimonial for Emergenza Sorrisi

“The Doctors for Emergenza Sorrisi run to the aid of these children, going to where they are with medicines and all they need to perform surgery, but they need us because unfortunately there really isn’t anything in these countries! Think about what it means to restore a child’s face to normality:

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Annelise’s Mother, Benin

“I’m the Mother of Annelise, who was born with a cleft palate: a hole in the middle of the palate. She seemed to be healthy but wasn’t, during the first few months she wasn’t able to take milk and she was always small, weak, minute, she was often unwell and every time I thought that she wouldn’t survive…

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Michele De Capitani


“My business, Prima Posizione srl, has collaborated with Emergenza Sorrisi for several years now, in fact thanks to their organisation we have succeeded (yes, I feel a part of the team!) in giving real help to children and their families to achieve a better life. Commitment, Passion and Sacrifice

You can help us to rewrite the future for thousands of children. You can do it now.