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?

  • 43

    children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in South Asia.

  • 18000

    can cover the cost of 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

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Proclaims a Day of Smiles

Aishwarya has attended numerous Smile Train events around the world since becoming our Goodwill Ambassador — she was often accompanied by her father, Shri Krishnaraj Rai...

‘I feel like a different person’

Luckily, when I was only 5-7 days old, I was taken to a hospital for a check up where the doctor told us that this can be treated, and that treatment was available at a hospital...

Zehra’s new smile is her parents’ delight!

We can’t remember if we smiled even once during the first two weeks of her birth. I felt so helpless because I couldn’t even feed my daughter properly. Some of our relatives wer...

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