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.

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 provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ countries.

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

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...

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