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 Ranu: A Calling to Help Children Smile!

Ranu was born in Indore into a conservative family. At the time of her birth, her father was studying to be an oncologist, while her mother was a housewife. Like many ch...

Downloading Treatment, Sharing Smiles!

They struggled to understand what that meant - would their child be healthy? Would treatment be possible? Could their child live a normal life? These questions went unanswered a...

Vaishali Can Finally Smile From Ear to Ear!

For all the seven years of her life, Vaishali wondered why God had been unkind to her. One of five siblings, she was the only one to have a cleft. Her brothers and sisters led a...

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