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
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.
new babies with clefts born every year in Latin America.
pesos can cover the cost of 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 provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 90+ countries.
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.
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
The Song That Changed Everything
Even after surgery, Sofia was bullied for how she spoke. When local Smile Train partners performed a surgery to help her speak clearly, it gave her the confidence...
Andrea Anaya works with passion
How did you meet Smile Train?
SSmile Train found me in 2016. I had been working in the non-profit sector for a long time, I had worked in other foundations, such...
Silvia Backes: “Smile Train represents my ideals of assistance while helping others become stronger”
How did you decide to be part of Smile Train?
I had just finished a master's degree in International Cooperation and when a colleague told me about the vacan...