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

Harkirat Singh Paras: from quiet kid to successful entrepreneur

Till I was 18, I hardly spoke to anyone. The reasons included doctors advising me to talk less, five consecutive surgeries, and bullying by classmates for my voice. As I...

Dr Hirji Adenwalla: An ocean full of memories and smiles!

It has barely been a week since we lost our beloved partner surgeon, Dr. H.S. Adenwalla, who was an integral part of the Smile Train family. Today, 5th June, on his birth annive...

A Man With God’s Own Mind and Hands

It has barely been a week since we lost our beloved partner surgeon, Dr. H.S. Adenwalla, who was an integral part of the Smile Train family. Today, 5th June, on his birth annive...

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