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

Two Journeys. Destination Smile!

In India, parents of children born with cleft often do not know anything about this birth difference, let alone that it is treatable. Many children grow up continuing to struggl...

The Fellowship of Smiles!


As we celebrate Teachers’ Day in India, we realize how this quote perfectly describes Smile Train's "teach a man to fish" model, which focuses on training and enabling medic...

Just Smile and Start!

I hail from a very poor family in Tamil Nadu. During her pregnancy, my mother did not have access to adequate nutrition that is required for the growth of a healthy baby, and co...

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