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?

  • 35000

    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

"It's Time to Redeem My Lost Years"

After years of health hurdles, multiple surgeries, and mental agony, it was Jai Gaur’s chance to experience his "dream come true" moment! He was invited by Smile Train to...

Urvashi Rautela Meets Smile Train Patients and Partners in Bali

Bollywood megastar, Instagram influencer, and Smile Train Ambassador Urvashi Rautela recently traveled to Bali, Indonesia for her first up-close-and-personal look Smile Train’s...

50 is the new 20 for Dhapu Devi!

Meet 50-year-old Dhapu Devi from Dhanau, Rajasthan, who lived for half of a century with an untreated cleft lip since her family could not afford the cost of her treatment....

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