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
Love United Kaio and Robin, the Smiling Dynamic Duo
Karen was told of Kaio's cleft during an ultrasound in her fifth month of pregnancy in an unpleasant, hurtful way. The same language was repeated by the maternity staff when Kai...
Caick’s Road to a Forever Smile
The situation worsened at home when, for more than a month, Caick struggled with breastfeeding and began losing weight. Talita started searching for doctors who could help and t...