A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate

Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts.
Most cannot eat or speak properly and are often unable to attend school or hold a job.

What is Cleft?

  • 15

    new babies with clefts born every year in Latin America.

  • 4800

    pesos can cover the cost of 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 provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 90+ countries.

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

Every 5 minutes, a child receives their life-changing Smile Train-supported cleft treatment by one of Smile Train's 2,100+ empowered medical professionals

News & Stories

Gracee’s Story: Patient to Nurse

The bullying finally stopped when Gracee received a Smile Train sponsored cleft surgery.

Today, Gracee is a confident and happy woman, dedicated to serving others...

Nurse Celeste

Then her son, Vicente, was born with a cleft. Special feeding apparatuses, multiple surgeries, speech therapy, dental care, and more followed, all before he turned four — along...

A Doctor First: A Cleft Surgeon on the Front Lines of COVID-19

“One of the hospitals where I work, Unimed Campo Grande Cooperative, made many changes to receive patients with coronavirus, including opening another intensive care unit and ac...

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