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

Félix Didn't Need Luck, He Had Smile Train and GSK

Smile Train and GSK worry about the details of care, freeing parents to focus only on their child's recovery.

We Are Smiles in El Salvador

When their son's life was changed forever, Héctor Rivas and Karen wanted to give the same relief to families across El Salvador.

Patient Update: Auner

In 2017, we shared the story of Auner, a baby with a cleft who was brought to live at Smile Train’s local partner Esperanza de Vida when the Guatemalan government determined his...

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