Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support.
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.
children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in India.
can cover the cost of a cleft surgery.
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.
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.
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 Mahinoor Desai - Smiles are the Biggest Bond between Patient and Doctor
I first heard of Smile Train in 2013 during a conference at Nagpur. I was studying under Dr Nitin Mokal, a plastic surgeon working with Smile Train. I loved the cause - providin...
Rukhsar Shameem - Bringing Smiles to Parents and Children!
Just after my graduation, I joined G.S. Memorial Hospital under Dr Subodh, who was my inspiration. I observed him daily as he interacted with patients while making them feel at...
Nurse Shoba - The Face of Kindness!
When I was appointed to the children’s surgical ward, I was immediately interested in cleft patients and their families. As a mother, I could understand the pain in the parents’...