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.

What is Cleft?

  • 170

    Estimated children born with a cleft lip and/or palate annually.

  • 800

    can cover the cost of a cleft surgery.

  • 45

    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.

Learn About Our Model

Comprehensive Care

Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support.

Sustainable Model

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.

Our Impact

As a result of our efficiency, Smile Train has supported more than one million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 minutes, a child receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery.

News & Stories

A Decade of Increasing Impact in Brazil

Hello Smile Train supporters,

I’m proud to say that Smile Train Brazil has increased the number of smiles we’ve created for the 10th straight year! Brazil is a vast count...

Second Annual Brasil Cleft Week Brings 108 New Smiles

A group of Brasilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP) members recently visited four Smile Train Brasil partner hospitals to reinforce Smile Train’s ‘teach a man to fish model’...

Smile Train and the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery Team for Brazil Cleft Week

Smile Train provides a free cleft repair surgery to a child every five minutes, every day of the year. Since its founding in 1999, the organization has provided more than one mi...

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