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
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...
Remembering Satish Kalra, the Man Who Made South Asia — and the World — Smile
Satish was so many things: A trailblazer. A masterful storyteller. A force of nature unwavering in his commitment to doing good. In other words, he was the true definition of a...