Here’s why they chose Smile Train

Taye Worku Befekadu, Media Personality & Talk show host

Taye Worku is a media personality, a talk show host on Ahadu Radio & a master of ceremony for corporate events. He is known for his volunteer & humanitarian work in addition to his carrier in media.  He creates platforms for cleft patients, their families and the Smile Train medical team to come one his show and speak about cleft lip and palate for free.

Proudly wears the Smile Train wrist band everywhere and advocates for cleft children. He also refers patients needing surgery and speech therapy.

He facilitated the “100K surgeries in Africa celebration in Ethiopia” free of charge. He can be found on


Grace Msalame, Media Personality

"It breaks my heart to know that cleft lip and palate can be treated in a matter of minutes, yet due to lack of awareness we have children who are frowned on by their own families and are forced to grow up with that struggle. Yet, there is hope as Smile Train offers FREE life-changing corrective surgery across Africa and around the world. It is therefore our duty to spread the word and give children the right to grow up and lead healthy lives."

Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ)

The Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-partisan organisation which provides humanitarian services. CAFÉ was founded on August 1, 2014 by the Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme), in furtherance of her passion for helping the needy. CAFÉ’s core mandate is to care and uplift the less privileged through training, advocacy, healthcare support, and reduction of women-children vulnerability and promoting the dignity of physically challenged persons.

CAFÉ is a leading Cleft care provider in South Eastern Nigeria. The NGO has facilitates free corrective surgeries for children and persons with congenital mouth disorders of Cleft lip and Cleft palate in collaboration with the Smile Train International and University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi. Over one hundred children have benefitted from this programme so far.