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

Priyanka: A Mother With A Mighty Heart


Gomathi, their Helpline Officer, guided me to seek the right treatment for my baby, and soon became my rock and emotional support in those tough times. I remember havi...

Women who #ChooseToChallenge!

This International Women’s Day, our female SmileMakers — including team members, partner medical practitioners and former cleft patients raised their hand to #ChooseToChallenge...

Bright Eyes, Brighter Smiles!

In the town of Osmanabad in Maharashtra lived a family of three, expecting a fourth. They were hoping that a baby boy would arrive this time to complete their family. Then the u...

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