Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support.
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.
children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in Africa.
can cover the cost of 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 one million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 minutes, a child receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery.
News & Stories
VIDEO | Bernadeta and Akeno's Smiles
Meet Bernadeta and Akeno as they find their way to forever smiles.
Training the Trainer: Feeding and Nutrition for Children with Clefts
This course, a continuation of an initiative launched in 2018 by Smile Train and global nutrition organization SPOON Foundation, focuses not only on training health workers and...
Smile Train Africa Holds Inaugural SAFE Paeds Training in DRC
28 physician and nurse anesthetists from Smile-Train partner hospitals across DRC were invited. All invited participants attended and ten were selected to attend...