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?

  • 32

    children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in Africa.

  • 250

    can cover the cost of 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

Smile Train Regional Update: Africa

Across Africa, cleft surgeries are postponed as treatment centers and hospitals work to stay ahead of COVID-19. Dr. Esther Nyambura Njoroge, Vice President and Regional Director...


The surgeries kicked off on Saturday 21st till the 23rd at Lira to treat 35 patients waiting in line. Once all patients were treated, the team set off for the next stop.


Sharing Skills, Saving Lives

For patients suffering from cardiac arrest, these skills can mean the difference between life or death. According to the American Heart Association, for every minute that CPR is...

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