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

Nothing Stops Our Newest Smile Maker in Morocco

Doha’s journey to Smile Train began in 2001 when she was charged with helping US Peace Corps volunteers better understand life in Morocco. She stopped at nothing to acco...

A Nation United for People with Clefts

The Forums’ theme, “Planning for Sustainable Comprehensive Cleft Care,” served as an educational program for addressing the challenges children with clefts face — includ...

Extreme Makeover: Nyeri County Referral Hospital Receives a Facelift

Maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Emily Nyamu, a Smile Train partner, recalled how the project came to be.

“Years ago, I had put refurbishing this theater on my v...

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