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

From Shy Teenager to Confident Techie with a Passion for Teaching

Zaiba Khanum was a shy teenager from Bengaluru who faced challenges communicating with her family and friends. She was born with a cleft, which made her conscious of her appeara...


We were thrilled to have been blessed with two girls! They looked almost identical but Jenesia was born with a cleft lip. This marred our happiness to some extent but we brought...

The Heart Of a Father is the Masterpiece of Nature

Indu couldn’t eat or drink properly. Her nutrition was affected, she wasn’t a healthy child and it made me uneasy. With little idea about what a cleft lip was, I started...

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