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

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...

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