Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support. Where these services are available, we aim to provide them to our patients.
A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate
Many children around the world are living with untreated clefts.
Most have difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking.
new babies with clefts born every year globally.
can cover the cost of a cleft surgery.
minutes can change a child’s life forever.
One Goal: To Give Every Child the Chance to Smile
Smile Train is an international children’s charity that supports 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care for children globally. Our sustainable model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft care in their own communities.
We use the 'teach a man to fish' model focusing on training and empowering local doctors to provide comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
As a result of our efficiency, Smile Train has supported more than 1.5 million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 Minutes Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need.
News & Stories
Alex and Kendra: Born for Greatness
Genaro is a farmworker in Mexico. He doesn't have a stable income, and he and his wife, Ariela, had trouble making ends meet. Still, when Ariela learned she was pregnant, the co...
Already the mother of two preteens, Ana was shocked to learn she was pregnant again. The whole family was. From that moment, they knew this baby would be their miracle child....
Two Pandemics Can’t Stop Chiara’s Smile
Smile Train’s local model means our patients receive care no matter what