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?

  • 200,000

    new babies with clefts born every year globally.

  • 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. Where these services are available, we aim to provide them to our patients.

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 1.5 million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 Minutes Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need.

News & Stories

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How did you come to Smile Train?

While studying for my Master’s degree in human rights in London, I met a man at an event who told me about the human rights organ...

Together at a Distance

School was extremely difficult for Montse, as she was constantly bullied for the way she looked. "I felt that I was alone, that I was unique in the world, and that there was n...

Remembering Dr. Hirji Adenwalla, Who Changed the World One Smile at a Time

Dr. Adenwalla arrived in Thrissur newly married and fresh from medical school in Mumbai to find a hospital with 20 beds, no doctors, and no patients. The couple moved in...

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