Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support.
A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate
Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts.
Most cannot eat or speak properly and are often unable to attend school or hold a job.
children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in India.
can cover the cost of a cleft 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 provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ countries.
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.
365 days a year, a child in India receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery by one of Smile Train India's 235+ partner surgeons.
News & Stories
Making A Difference Through Smiles
The work that Smile Train is doing, to bring back smiles to these mother’s faces, touched my heart and I jumped at the opportunity see the program first-hand Smile Train partner...
A new smile, a new beginning!
But, I still remember the struggle my daughter went through when she was born. Rishika was born with a cleft lip and palate. It was an unusual and unexpected sight for us when w...
Another Day, Another New Smile
As is the case with several other children born with clefts, Navya’s family was not aware of this birth defect and that it can be treated. Since both her older siblings did not...