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

Dr Mahinoor Desai - Smiles are the Biggest Bond between Patient and Doctor

I first heard of Smile Train in 2013 during a conference at Nagpur. I was studying under Dr Nitin Mokal, a plastic surgeon working with Smile Train. I loved the cause - providin...

Rukhsar Shameem - Bringing Smiles to Parents and Children!

Just after my graduation, I joined G.S. Memorial Hospital under Dr Subodh, who was my inspiration. I observed him daily as he interacted with patients while making them feel at...

Nurse Shoba - The Face of Kindness!

When I was appointed to the children’s surgical ward, I was immediately interested in cleft patients and their families. As a mother, I could understand the pain in the parents’...

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