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

Against All Odds, Sondos Designs a Future

Lost in a fog of heartbreak and trauma, all the family had left was their faith. That was all they needed. Through it, Hend found the strength to go out to seek help for Sondos....

Sister Dr. Liliana Najjuka: Miracle Worker, Smile Maker

When I was doing my Master's degree, I noticed just how many children have birth differences, especially clefts. Many of their families — most of them just ordinary members of s...

Opeyemi: Families, Like Smiles, Come in Many Forms

My husband and I were thrilled when I realized I was pregnant with our third child. We could not afford an ultrasound scan, but for nine months, everything went as expected and...

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