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?

  • 35

    children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in India.

  • 19000

    can cover the cost of a cleft 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.

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

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

Kiran's Eyes are Full of Hope!

Seven years ago, when Kiran was born, the midwife had told them that Kiran could be cured only in Mumbai by getting an operation in a big hospital. As vendors who survived on a...

Her smile is our strength

My husband, Bajrang and I were shocked when we first saw Anshu. ‘What is this?’ was my first reaction when I saw a huge gap in Anshu’s lip as we had never heard of or seen a cle...

A memorable experience with little ones!

I had heard of cleft lip and palate before, and always empathized with what the little ones go through. But the opportunity to work on video shoots for Smile Train India, gave m...

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