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. 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

Chandana: SmileMaker Extraordinaire

I am my parents’ fourth child, and was born with a cleft lip and palate. This was a shock to my mother, but she braved the questions and jibes about my cleft without los...

The Smile Torch Journey

To celebrate our journey of smiles in India, Smile Train launched a unique initiative – The Smile Torch. Across traditions, light is symbolic of positivity. For us, the Smile To...

I was born with a cleft lip. So what?

While my mother was despairing over my future, my uncle consoled her by telling her that one of my forefathers named Lapmang was born with a cleft lip, and that he had l...

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