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.
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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
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...
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...