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

Benjamin’s Smile Has Overcome the Unimaginable

While other mothers paraded their babies through the village, Benjamin’s mother covered his face outside and only let his close relatives hold him. Surrounded by the con...

A Miracle to Believe In

I didn’t experience much sickness during my pregnancy. I got malaria once, but received the proper treatment and recovered. It wasn’t a big deal. The six-month ultrasound showed...

Untold Stories

Her son Abel* had been born just two weeks ago with a cleft — something she and her husband had never seen. It quickly caused an even graver problem when he was unable to latch...

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