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.

  • 25000

    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. 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

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

35,000 surgeries — Another Smilestone Achieved!

When Gudia and Brijesh saw that their newborn son Ayush was born with a cleft, they were filled with apprehension. Though Gudia’s in-laws did not withdraw support, they asked he...

Spreading Smiles is my Passion!

Years ago, long before the limelight found me, I was a student pursuing a degree in public health at Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow. I had always been interested in...

To new beginnings and new smiles!

Although I was fortunate enough to have had my cleft corrected at a young age, I still had to undergo several procedures until the age of 19 to get it fully repaired. Growing up...

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