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.
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 1.5 million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 Minutes Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need.
News & Stories
Running For Cleft: Inaugural SQF Marathon Demystifies Clefts in Tanzania
The runners stretched and jogged in-place until the starting gun sounded. With unity of purpose, they spilled into the streets with the message that free cleft surgeries would b...
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...