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.
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. Shruti Bijapur Levels the Playing Field for Children with Clefts in India
Dr. Shruti Bijapur is a specialist in cleft orthodontics at our partner Bhagwan Mahveer Jain Hospital (BMJH), a Cleft Leadership Center in Bangalore, India. In honor of...
Why I Joined and Never Left!
As a freshly qualified plastic surgeon in (2002), I was just doing my Job! Making aesthetic corrections and performing emergency surgeries on people in trauma was...
Samrat Was Always a Perfect Baby
Kavita and Amol felt they had everything they needed. Amol’s income as a private chauffeur wasn’t much, but it was enough to allow Kavita to stay home to raise their daughter...